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Review Article: The Economics of Labour‐Managed Firms

Frank H. Stephen (Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK)

Journal of Economic Studies

ISSN: 0144-3585

Article publication date: 1 February 1983


Five years ago in a review of Jaroslav Vanek's The Labour‐Managed Economy published in this journal, the present writer ventured, inter alia, two general observations on the economics literature of the labour‐managed firm. First, “Vanek has contributed more words and analysis on this subject than the rest of the economics profession put together”. Secondly, “In spite of the increasing concern shown by the ‘men of deeds’ with participation, income sharing and producers' cooperatives over the last ten years the majority of the ‘men of words’ who have offered any advice have been of the sociological species… This reviewer is optimistic enough to hope that this is not because economists have nothing to contribute”. A review of three new books on the subject provides a timely opportunity to reassess these observations.


Stephen, F.H. (1983), "Review Article: The Economics of Labour‐Managed Firms", Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 66-71.




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