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IZA Workshop on the Economics of Employee Representation: International Perspectives

Organizers: Pierre Cahuc (Ecole Polytechnique, Paris and IZA), Uwe Jirjahn (University of Trier and IZA), Andreas Lichter (IZA), Stephen C. Smith (George Washington University and IZA), Konstantinos Tatsiramos (University of Luxembourg, LISER and IZA)
Location:Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 5-9, 53113 Bonn, Germany
Date:September 07, 2018 - September 08, 2018

Event Manager:

Dominik Spitza (IZA)


+++ presentations: 45 min +++ discussions: 15 min +++

Friday, September 07:

08:45 - 09:15   Registration
09:15 - 10:15   Welcome Address by
Pierre Cahuc
(Ecole Polytechnique, Paris and IZA)

Introductory Presentation by
Stephen C. Smith
(George Washington University and IZA) and Uwe Jirjahn (University of Trier and IZA)
"Nonunion Institutions of Works Councils and Employee Board Representation: Cross-national Comparative Practices and Determinants"
        Session A: The Role of Boards
10:15 - 11:15   Aleksandra Gregoric (Copenhagen Business School), Marc Steffen Rapp (Philipps Universitat Marburg)
  "Board-level Employee Representation and Firms’ Responses to Crisis"
11:15 - 11:30   Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30   Katrin Scharfenkamp (University of Duisburg-Essen), Astrid Kunze (Norwegian School of Economics and IZA)
  "Co-determination and Gender Diversity on Boards – A Comparative Analysis for Germany and Norway"
12:30 - 13:30   Lunch
13:30 - 14:30   Jasmin Joecks (University of Tübingen), Kerstin Pull (University of Tübingen), Katrin Scharfenkamp (University of Tübingen)
  "Board Faultlines and Firm Innovativeness: The Bridging Role of Women Directors on Co-determined Supervisory Boards"
        Session B: Effects of Work Councils
14:30 - 15:30   Julian Adam (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)
  "Voluntary Quits: Do Works Councils Matter? An Analysis of the Reform of the German Works Constitution Act 2001"
15:30 - 16:00   Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00   Harald Pfeifer (BIBB), Benno Koch (University of Munich), Samuel Mühlemann (University of Munich and IZA)
  "Do Works Councils Improve the Quality of Apprenticeship Training in Germany? Evidence from Workplace Data"
17:00 - 18:00   Clément Brébion (Paris School of Economics)
  "The ‘Strategic Discrimination’ of Works Councilors in Germany: New Evidence of the Demise of a Model?"
19:30       Dinner

Saturday, September 08:

        Session C: The Impact of Unions
09:00 - 10:00   Giovanni Sulis (University of Cagliari and IZA), Gabriele Cardullo (University of Genova), Maurizio Conti (University of Genova)
  "Unions, Two-tier Bargaining and Physical Capital Investment: Theory and Firm-level Evidence from Italy"
10:00 - 11:00   Pedro S. Martins (Queen Mary, University of London and IZA)
  "The Microeconomic Impact of Trade Union Representatives: Evidence from Membership Thresholds"
11:00 - 11:30   Coffee Break
        Session D: Performance Effects of Workplace Cooperation
11:30 - 12:30   Bernd Frick (University of Paderborn)
  "Incentive Pay, Work Organization and Firm Performance: Consistent Empirical Evidence from Two Large Surveys"
12:30 - 13:30   Lunch
13:30 - 14:30   Maija Keskinen (ETLA - The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy)
  "Workplace Cooperation and Firm Performance - Evidence from Finland"
        Session E: Employee Representation
14:30 - 15:30   Gabriel Burdín (Leeds University Business School and IZA), Virginie Pérotin (Leeds University Business School)
  "Employee Representation and Flexible Working Time"
15:30 - 15:45   Coffee Break
15:45 - 16:45   David Marsden (London School of Economics), Patrice Laroche (Université de Lorraine & ESCP)
  "Employee Voice in Management and Employee Well-being: The Effects of Institutional Frameworks in France and Great Britain."