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Worker Cooperatives and Democratic Governance

  • Pencavel, John

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    (Stanford University)

A worker co-operative is a firm that is owned and managed by those who work in it. This paper provides a selective review of research in economics on worker cooperatives. It concentrates on the volatility of earnings and employment in the co-ops compared with conventional capitalist firms; on the long-term viability of co-ops; on the relative productive efficiency of co-ops; and on problems of democratic governance within co-ops. Using modern empirical methods applied to large numbers of observations, recent research has substantially enhanced our understanding of worker co-ops.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2012
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Publication status: published in: Anna Grandori (ed.), Handbook of Economic Organization, Edward Elgar, 2013
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6932
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