Douglas Kruse

Rutgers University, USA, and IZA, Germany

I’m keen to learn about all the ways that employee ownership and other forms of financial participation and workplace democracy can affect not only company outcomes but also workers’ pay, security, and status in society. The IZA World of Labor briefs are an excellent tool for letting policymakers and others know about the latest research on topics like this

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Distinguished Professor, School of Management and Labor Relations Rutgers University, USA

Research interest

Employee ownership, profit sharing, disability, worker displacement, pensions, and wage differentials

Past positions

Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC (September 2013–August 2014)


PhD Economics, Harvard University, 1988

Selected publications

  • The Citizen’s Share: Reducing Inequality in the 21st Century. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2013 (with J. Blasi and R. Freeman).

  • People with Disabilities: Sidelined or Mainstreamed? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013 (with L. Schur and P. Blanck).

  • Shared Capitalism at Work. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010 (with R. Freeman and J. Blasi).

  • Profit Sharing: Does It Make A Difference? Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 1993.

  • How Did Employee Ownership Firms Weather the Past Two Recessions? Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Forthcoming 2016 (with F. Kurtulus).