Cooperative Firms in Global Markets: Incidence, Viability by Novkovic, Sonja Novkovic, Vania Sena

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By Novkovic, Sonja Novkovic, Vania Sena

A couple of competing perspectives are swirling round the literature in regards to the effect of globalization at the skill of cooperatives to outlive. This tenth quantity of the "Advances within the fiscal research of Participatory & Labor-Managed agencies" sequence desires to comprehend a few of these components within the evolution of cooperatives in a global the place globalization looks the driver at the back of cutting edge different types of association. in response to the main target of the economics literature, the amount is concentrated on employee and manufacturer cooperatives.This factor comprises 11 papers and is equipped into 3 elements: the 1st half collects empirical reports on manufacturers cooperatives in Israel, Italy, Spain and Canada. the second one half makes a speciality of theoretical advances within the literature on cooperatives with the target of realizing the stipulations that designate co-ops sturdiness. eventually the 3rd half records the growth into the worldwide markets of the Mondragon Cooperative company. It comprises unique learn on cooperatives. It makes a speciality of the influence of globalization at the cooperatives functionality and survival. It encompasses a mixture of empirical and theoretical examine.

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However, our fixed effect OLS results, as reported in the remaining columns of Table 2, indicate that the fixed effects are statistically significant. Therefore, it is these results that we will focus on. In contrast to the implications drawn from some previous econometric work, we do not always find that the productivity of cooperatives is significantly higher than for conventional firms. Our point estimates (when evaluated at the sample means of our cooperatives) indicate that the productivity of cooperatives is lower than conventional firms,30 except in models containing interaction terms that allow the output elasticities to differ across types of firms and when we assume that there is no systematic difference between cooperatives and conventional firms captured by the firm-specific fixed effects.

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In their studies of the productivity effect of alternative forms of compensation, Cable and Wilson (1989, 1990) and Wadhwani and Wall (1990) allow their profit sharing dummy variables to affect the output elasticities of labor and capital in their Cobb–Douglas specifications. In their study of the productivity effects of profit sharing and worker participation, Jones and Pliskin (1991b) adapted this approach to translog production functions. 26. For example, Holmstrom (1989) discusses the efforts of the largest worker cooperative, CMC of Ravenna, to decentralize decision making to cope with difficulties arising from its size.

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