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German Works Councils and Productivity: First Evidence from a Nonparametric Test

  • This paper presents the first nonparametric test whether German works councils go hand in hand with higher labor productivity or not. It distinguishes between establishments that are covered by collective bargaining or not. Results from a Kolmogorov-Smirnov test for first order stochastic dominance tend to indicate that pro-productive effects are found in firms with collective bargaining only. However, the significance level of the test statistic is higher than a usually applied critical level. This somewhat weak evidence casts doubts on the validity of results from recent parametric approaches using a regression framework that point to high positive effects of works councils on productivity.

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Author:Joachim Wagner
URN:urn:nbn:de:gbv:luen4-opus-3331
URL: https://pub-data.leuphana.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/381
Series (Serial Number):University of Lüneburg Working paper series in economics (14)
Document Type:ResearchPaper
Language:English
Year of Completion:2005
Date of Publication (online):2005/11/08
Contributing Corporation:Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn
Release Date:2005/11/08
Tag:Works councils; productivity; stochastic dominance
GND Keyword:Betriebsrat; Produktivität; Stochastische Dominanz
Institutes:Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre (IVWL)
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht