Fördern oder behindern Betriebsräte die Unternehmensentwicklung?

Olaf Hübler 1
  • 1 Universität Hannover, IZA Bonn


Whether works councils support or hinder the development of firms is an open question. The results from empirical studies are mixed. Establishments with works councils have a higher degree of flexibility and higher productivity, but also higher wages and a lower degree of profitability. The impact on innovation and investment, as well as on employment, is ambiguous. Works councils support on-the-job training and most internal reorganisation measures.

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