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The Role of Works Councils for Severance Payments

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  • Grund, Christian

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    (RWTH Aachen University)

  • Martin, Johannes

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    (RWTH Aachen University)

Using representative German employee data, we analyse the role of works councils for the incidence of severance payments subsequent to dismissals. While there is a positive relation with severance payments after those dismissals which stem from plant closings, the incidence of a works council is negatively associated with severance pay subsequent to individual layoffs. In both cases, we find a negative moderating effect of individuals' higher reemployment chances. We also explore gender differences and differences between the types of previously held jobs.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2017
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