Employee Stock Ownership and Corporate Performance in the Public Sector

INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, October 1996

Posted: 16 Jun 1998

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Joseph Blasi

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations - New Brunswick

Michael Conte

University of Baltimore

Douglas L. Kruse

Rutgers University

Abstract

This study compares the corporate performance in 1990/91 of two groups of public companies: those in which employees owned more than 5% of the company's stock, and all others. The results are not consistent with either highly positive or negative views of employee ownership. Where differences are found, they are favorable to employee ownership, especially among companies of small size. The circumstances in which employee ownership was implemented--specifically, whether it was part of a wage/benefit concession package and whether there was a takeover threat--do not appear to have had a significant effect on the 1990 performance levels or 1980-90 performance growth of the firms. Although the authors caution that the data do not permit clear tests of causality, these results are broadly consistent with those of past studies.

JEL Classification: J45, G32, J3

Suggested Citation

Blasi, Joseph R. and Conte, Michael and Kruse, Douglas L., Employee Stock Ownership and Corporate Performance in the Public Sector. INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, October 1996. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3091

Joseph R. Blasi

Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations - New Brunswick ( email )

Piscataway, NJ 08854
United States
732-445-5444 (Phone)
732-445-2830 (Fax)

Michael Conte

University of Baltimore

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Baltimore, MD 21201
United States

Douglas L. Kruse (Contact Author)

Rutgers University ( email )

Piscataway, NJ 08854
United States
908-445-5991 (Phone)
908-445-2830 (Fax)

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