Georg Neuschäffer

Georg Neuschäffer
Current Position

since 10/16

Economist in the Department of Structural Change and Productivity

Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association

Research Interests

  • applied econometrics
  • labour economics
  • firm productivity

Georg Neuschäffer joined the Department of Structural Change and Productivity as a doctoral student in October 2016. His research focuses on applied econometrics and labour economics.

Georg Neuschäffer received his bachelor's degree from University of Göttingen and his master's degree from University of Freiburg. He also spent a semester at University of Bologna.

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Working Papers


Worker Participation in Decision-making, Worker Sorting, and Firm Performance

Steffen Müller Georg Neuschäffer

in: IWH Discussion Papers, No. 11, 2020


Worker participation in decision-making is often associated with high-wage and high-productivity firm strategies. Using linked-employer-employee data for Germany and worker fixed effects from a two-way fixed effects model of wages capturing observed and unobserved worker quality, we find that establishments with formal worker participation via works councils indeed employ higher-quality workers. We show that worker quality is already higher in plants before council introduction and further increases after the introduction. Importantly, we corroborate previous studies by showing positive productivity and profitability effects even after taking into account worker sorting.

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