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Human Resource Management and Productivity

Nicholas Bloom () and John van Reenen ()

No 16019, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: In this handbook of labor economics chapter we examine the relationship between Human Resource Management (HRM) and productivity. HRM includes incentive pay (individual and group) as well as many non-pay aspects of the employment relationship such as matching (hiring and firing) and work organization (e.g. teams, autonomy). We place HRM more generally within the literature on management practices and productivity. We start with some facts on levels and trends of both HRM and productivity and the main economic theories of HRM. We look at some of the determinants of HRM - risk, competition, ownership and regulation. The largest section analyses the impact of HRM on productivity emphasizing issues of methodology, data and results (from micro-econometric studies). We conclude briefly with suggestions of avenues for future frontier work.

JEL-codes: L2 M2 O32 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-05
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Published as “Human resource management and productivity” with John Van Reenen, Handbook of Labor Economics , 2011

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