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.