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Wages, Employment, and Capital in Capitalist and Worker-Owned Firms

John Pencavel, Luigi Pistaferri and Fabiano Schivardi

No 2188, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Differences in wages, employment, and capital between worker-owned and capitalist enterprises are computed from a matched employer-worker panel data set from Italy, the market economy with the greatest incidence of worker-owned and worker-managed firms. These differences are related to orthodox models of the capitalist firm and worker co-op. The estimates of the wage, employment, and capital equations largely corroborate the implications of the behavioral models of the two types of enterprise. Co-op wages are about 14 percent lower on average and they are more volatile (and employment less volatile) than those in capitalist enterprises. Given the breadth of the data set analyzed, the results can claim to constitute general findings about capitalist and co-op enterprises.

Keywords: wages; capitalist firms; worker-owned firms; employment; capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D21 J54 L21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46 pages
Date: 2006-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ent, nep-lab and nep-ltv
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Published - published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2006, 60 (1), 23-44

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