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Emerald publishes first issue of the new Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership (JPEO)

JPEO offers a new platform for insights and evidence on what does and does not work in extending the benefits of capitalism and improving its functioning via enhanced participation and ownership

Bingley, United Kingdom, 30 October 2018 – Emerald is delighted to announce that the recently launched new Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership (JPEO) has had its first issue published:  

Richard Freeman - Co-Editor of JPEO (and Herbert Ascherman Professor, Harvard University) - said: "Participation and ownership solutions offer economically sensible ways to deal with the scourge of inequality and sluggish growth of productivity. 

“JPEO offers a new platform for researchers and policy analysts in business, labor, and government to present conceptual insights and evidence on what does and does not work in extending the benefits of capitalism and improving its functioning via enhanced participation and ownership”. 

JPEO aims to bring the best of interdisciplinary research in this field together to advance better learning through better access.

All papers in 2018 are free to download to allow greater visibility of authors’ work.

Distinguished authors in the inaugural issue: 

• The issue begins with an introduction by Richard Freeman (Herbert Ascherman Professor, Harvard) and Takao Kato (W.S. Schupf Professor, Colgate)
• Followed by an authoritative review of the literature on participation and employee ownership by Derek Jones (Irma M. and Robert D. Morris Professor, Hamilton College)
• To complement Jones’s quantitative review of the literature, Joseph Blasi (J. Robert Beyster Distinguished Professor, Rutgers) and Douglas Kruse (Distinguished Professor, Rutgers) with Richard Freeman review the historical background for shared capitalism---employee ownership and profit sharing in the United States, describe the development of policy, and discuss new policy options
• Antti Kauhanen (Chief Research Scientist, the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy) with Takao Kato construct the first longitudinal data on various attributes of performance pay, and show that plan details matter significantly for the productivity effects of performance pay
• Richard Freeman concludes the inaugural issue with a provocative and futuristic essay on the rise of AI robot-driven automation, its implication for the concentration of wealth and income, and policy responses. 

The Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership is endorsed by the Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing as well as the International Association for the Economics of Participation (IAFEP).

The journal aims to publish original empirical and theoretical research in the broad area of employee participation and shared capitalism. The title will publish 15 papers across three issues from 2018 onwards. Once accepted, individual articles will be typeset, proofed and published online as the Version of Record within an average of 32 days.

To submit to the Journal of Participation and Employee Ownership (JPEO)

Please register at ScholarOne portal:    
When submitting, please use these author guidelines:

For queries on the title

Please email the Editors at or the Publisher at Emerald, Louise Lister,    

For more information about this journal

Please visit:, and find the latest news updates on JPEO's Twitter feed

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