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Employee ownership - a role in the Baltic economies?

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This paper gives an overview over some theory and empirical evidence on employee ownership and other forms of employee financial participation and answers the following questions: What is employee ownership and what is the relation to other forms of financial participation? Why is employee ownership widespread in some developed market economies like US and in Italy, France and Spain, while it has a quite rare occurrence in the Scandinavian countries? What are the conditions favouring and what are the barriers for employee ownership? What are the advantages and drawbacks for employee owned companies? The paper also gives a summary of the experience in the Baltics – with reference to the following three country articles – and gives finally some perspectives for the future.

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Niels Mygind

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