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The Effects of Worker Participation, Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing on Economics Performance: A Partial Review

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  • Derek C. Jones
  • Jeffrey Pliskin

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For alternative sharing arrangements we review theory on the economic effects on employment, productivity, investment, income and wealth distribution, and life cycle and survival. We find that predictions are often ambiguous and that sometimes the nature and size of the specific effect is determined in part by the particular institutional arrangements. Next recent econometric work is studied. We review studies using aggregate and industry level time series data for Japan as well as studies that use enterprise and establishment level data for firms in North America and Western Europe. Worker participation, employee share ownership and profit sharing schemes are often found to affect that studies obtained conflicting results. However, available evidence is strongly suggestive that for employee ownership schemes to have a strong positive impact they need to be accompanied by provision for worker participation in decision making.

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  • Derek C. Jones & Jeffrey Pliskin, 1988. "The Effects of Worker Participation, Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing on Economics Performance: A Partial Review," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_13, Levy Economics Institute.
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    1. Takao Kato, "undated". "Cooperate to Compete, Employee Participation and Productivity: Evidence from a New Survey of Japanese Firms," Economics Public Policy Brief Archive ppb_19, Levy Economics Institute.
    2. Stephen C. Smith, 1994. "On The Law And Economics Of Employee Ownership In Privatization In Developing And Transition Economies," Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 65(3), pages 437-468, July.
    3. Damiani, Mirella & Ricci, Andrea, 2013. "Entrepreneurs’ education and different variable pay schemes in Italian firms," MPRA Paper 46163, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Takao Kato & Motohiro Morishima, 1995. "The Productivity Effects of Human Resource Management Practices: Evidence from New Japanese Panel Data," Economics Working Paper Archive wp_143, Levy Economics Institute.
    5. Takao Kato, 2003. "The Recent Transformation of Participatory Employment Practices in Japan," NBER Chapters,in: Labor Markets and Firm Benefit Policies in Japan and the United States, pages 39-80 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    6. Derek Jones & Panu Kalmi & Mikko Mäkinen, 2010. "The productivity effects of stock option schemes: evidence from Finnish panel data," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 33(1), pages 67-80, February.
    7. Levine, David I., 1991. "Public Policy Implications of Imperfections in the Market for Worker Participation," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series qt4w03190z, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.
    8. Giulio Zanella, 2001. "Partecipazione con avversione al rischio e coordination failures: riconsiderazione e tentativo di sintesi dei modelli di Weitzman e Meade," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 91(1), pages 119-156, January.
    9. Mirella Damiani & Andrea Ricci, 2012. "The role of education of entrepreneurs on adoption of different contingent pay schemes: evidence from Italian firms," Quaderni del Dipartimento di Economia, Finanza e Statistica 116/2013, Università di Perugia, Dipartimento Economia.

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