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Works Councils, Labor Productivity and Plant Heterogeneity: First Evidence from Quantile Regressions

  • Using OLS and quantile regression methods and rich cross-section data sets for western and eastern Germany, this paper demonstrates that the impact of works council presence on labor productivity varies between manufacturing and services, between plants that are or are not covered by collective bargaining, and along the conditional distribution of labor productivity. No productivity effects of works councils are found for the service sector and in manufacturing plants not covered by collective bargaining. Besides demonstrating that it is important to look at evidence based on more than one data set, our empirical findings point to the efficacy of supplementing OLS with quantile regression estimates when investigating the behavior of heterogeneous plants.

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Author:Joachim Wagner, Thorsten Schank, Claus Schnabel, John T. Addison
URL: https://pub-data.leuphana.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/409
Document Type:ResearchPaper
Language:English
Year of Completion:2006
Date of Publication (online):2006/05/12
Release Date:2006/05/12
Tag:Labor productivity; heterogeneous firms; quantile regressions; works councils
GND Keyword:Arbeitsproduktivität; Betriebsrat; Heterogenität; Lineares Regressionsmodell
Institutes:Universität / Frühere Fachbereiche
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft