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One-third codetermination at company supervisory boards and firm performance in German manufacturing Industries: First direct evidence from a new type of enterprise data

  • Joachim Wagner

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    (Institute of Economics, University of Lüneburg)

This paper contributes to the empirical literature on the co-determination – firm performance nexus by using a new type of data that combines information on the co-determination status of enterprises from a commercial data base and supplementary information collected from the firms with comprehensive data on the firms from official statistics. The data allow for the first time a direct comparison of enterprises from the same size class with and without codetermination at the supervisory board level. It is shown that one-third codetermination at the supervisory board level in limited-liability companies from West German manufacturing industries seems to be neither positively nor negatively related to two core firm performance indicators, productivity and profitability.

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Paper provided by University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics with number 136.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2009
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Handle: RePEc:lue:wpaper:136
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