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Employee Ownership - In Brief

Ronald A. Wirtz - Editor, fedgazette

Published June 1, 2007  |  June 2007 issue

  • An estimated 20 percent or more of private U.S. workforce members hold some form of direct ownership in the company they work for. Even more receive additional compensation based on company performance.

  • Despite this penetration, as well as data suggesting strong economic performance, the concept has low visibility with the public, business press and academia, stemming in part from a lack of empirical research. Moreover, economic theorists question whether employee ownership would be as prevalent or successful without the tax advantages it currently receives.

  • Ongoing research will permit better understanding of the effects of employee ownership on workers, firms and the broader economy.

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