* Corresponding Author: Uwe Jirjahn, Universität Trier, Fachbereich IV, Lehrstuhl für Arbeitsmarktökonomik, Universitätsring 15, 54286 Trier, Germany, Email: email@example.com. Jens Mohrenweiser Centre for European Economic Research, Germany. Uschi Backes-Gellner University of Zürich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics, Switzerland. This study uses data from the IfM Bonn Works Council Survey which was financially supported by the Hans Boeckler Foundation.
Works Councils and Learning: On the Dynamic Dimension of Codetermination
Article first published online: 18 JUL 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 64, Issue 3, pages 427–447, August 2011
How to Cite
Jirjahn, U., Mohrenweiser, J. and Backes-Gellner, U. (2011), Works Councils and Learning: On the Dynamic Dimension of Codetermination. Kyklos, 64: 427–447. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6435.2011.00514.x
- Issue published online: 18 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 18 JUL 2011
This study provides the first econometric analysis on the dynamic dimension of establishment-level codetermination in Germany. We hypothesize that learning implies a change in the nature and scope of codetermination over time. Using unique data from small- and medium-sized establishments, our empirical analysis provides strong evidence that learning indeed plays a crucial role in the functioning of works councils. First, the probability of an adversarial relationship between management and works council is decreasing in the age of the council. Second, the council's age is positively associated with the probability that the council has an influence even on decisions where it has no legal powers. Third, productivity is increasing in the age of the council. Fourth, the quit rate is decreasing in the age of the council. However, the estimates also provide evidence of a codetermination life cycle.