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The Effects of Reforming a Federal Employment Agency on Labor Demand

In this paper we report the results of an empirical study on the employment growth effects of a policy intervention, explicitly aimed at increasing placement efficiency of the Federal Employment Agency in Germany. Find out more in our latest SFB 823 discussion paper No. 28/2019. Abstract: We use the Hartz III reform in the year 2004 as an exogenous intervention that improves the matching process and compare establishments that use the services of the Federal Employment Agency with establishments that do not use the placement services. Using detailed German establishment level data, our difference-in-differences estimates reveal an increase in employment…

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Employee Representation and Innovation

Technological progress is essential for economic growth and the competitiveness of every firm. Find out more about the relationship between employee representation and product as well as process innovation in our latest SFB 823 discussion paper No. 04/2019. Abstract: This paper studies the effect of employee representation bodies provided by management on product and process innovations. In contrast to statutory forms of co-determination such as works councils, participative practices initiated by management are not equipped with any legally granted rights at all. Such alternative forms of employee representation are far less frequently and thoroughly analyzed than works councils. We compare…

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