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Are family-friendly workplace practices a valuable firm resource?

By Nick Bloom, Tobias Kretschmer and John Van Reenen


We study the determinants and consequences of family-friendly workplace practices (FFWP) using a sample of over 450 manufacturing firms in Germany, France, U.K., and U.S. We find a positive correlation between firm productivity and FFWP. This association disappears, however, once we control for a measure of the quality of management practices. We further find that firms with a higher proportion of female managers and more skilled workers, as well as well-managed firms, tend to implement more FFWP. Conversely, a firm's environment does not have a significant impact on the FFWP it provides

Topics: HB Economic Theory, HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1002/smj.879
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Provided by: LSE Research Online

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