Virginie Pérotin

Virginie Perotin

Emeritus Professor of Economics

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Applied Institute of Research in Economics (AIRE), Economics


PhD, MA Economics, Cornell (USA)
Dipl. Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (France)


Before joining Leeds University Business School in May 2001, Virginie Pérotin was a Senior Research Economist at the International Labour Office in Geneva (Switzerland). In the past, she has held research positions at the London School of Economics and the Centre d'Etude des Revenus et des Coûts (CERC), a research centre of the French Prime Minister's Office in Paris. Prof. Pérotin has also acted as a consultant to the World Bank, the OECD and the European Commission on issues of profit-sharing, employee ownership and employee involvement schemes. She is a member of the Council of the International Association for the Economics of Participation and of the editorial board of the Journal of Entrepreneurial and Organizational Diversity


Comparative empirical research on the effects of firm ownership and governance on performance; public, private and third sector comparisons; employee ownership and profit sharing; worker cooperatives and social enterprises; firm creation and closure; human rights at work.

Current projects:

The Effects of Profit Sharing Schemes on Pay and Employment with F Fakhfakh (leading, Paris-II University) M Merlateau (Paris-II) and A Robinson (Leeds) funded by the French Ministry of Labour. The project compares the determinants and effects of employee share ownership and profit sharing schemes in France and the UK.

An International Comparison of Worker Cooperatives with F Fakhfakh (Paris-II University, France) M Gago, S Arando, I Alzola and F Freundlich (Mondragon University, Spain) and A Zevi (Rome La Sapienza, Italy) funded by the (Spanish) Basque government.

In the past Virginie Pérotin has also been awarded research and other grants by institutions including the Fulbright Foundation, the ESRC and CNRS, the Leverhulme Trust, the UK Department of Health, the European Commission's Human Capital and Mobility fund and the French Ministry of Labour


Econometrics, MSc
Business Economics, Undergraduate Level 2
Comparitive Economics, MScA


Recent Publications:

"Productivity, capital and labor in labor-managed and conventional firms” (with F Fakhfakh and M Gago) Industrial and Labor Relations Review, forthcoming, Fall 2012

“The performance of workers’ cooperatives”,in P Battilani and H Schroeter (eds) A Special Kind of Business: the Cooperative Movement 1950-2010… and Beyond, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

“Paying for Performance: Incentive pay schemes and employee financial participation", (with A Bryson, R Freeman, C Lucifora and M Pellizzari) CEP Discussion Paper dp1112, 2012, London School of Economics.

 “Innovation and the English National Health Service: A qualitative study of theindependent sector treatment centre programme” (with S Turner, P Allen and W Bartlett) Social Science & Medicine, 73, 2011, pp 522-529.

“Workplace change and productivity: Does employee voice make a difference?” (with F Fakhfakh and A Robinson) ch 5 in The Role of Collective Bargaining in the Global Economy, edited by S Hayter, ILO and Edward Elgar, 2011.

“Provider Diversity in the English NHS: a study of recent developments in four health economies” (with P Allen, S Turner, W Bartlett, G Matchaya and B Zamora) Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, September 2011 jhsrp.2011.011015; published ahead of print 2 September 2011, doi:10.1258/jhsrp.2011.011015.

"New forms of provider in the English National Health Service", (with P Allen, W Bartlett, B Zamora and S Turner) Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Vol 82 (1) 2011, 77-95.

“Entry, exit and the business cycle: Are cooperatives different?” reprinted from Journal of Comparative Economics, 2006, ch 13 in SC Parker (ed),  Entrepreneurship in Recession, The International Library of Entrepreneurship Series, Edward Elgar, 2011.

 “Healthcare providers in the English National Health Service: public, private or hybrids?” (with P Allen, W Bartlett, G Matchaya, S Turner and B Zamora) International Journal of Public and Private Healthcare Management and Economics, 1 (3), 2011, pp 1-17.

"The voluntary sector, job creation and social policy: Illusions and opportunities" reprinted from International Labour Review in Working for Better Times: Rethinking Work for the 21st Century edited by JM Servais, P Bollé, M Lansky et C Smith, International Labour Office, Geneva, 2007. US edition: The Brookings Foundation.

“Secteur associatif, création d’emplois et politique sociale: promesses ou illusions?” reprinted from Revue Internationale du Travail in Travail et temps au XXIe siècle edited by JM Servais, P Bollé, M Lansky et C Smith, International Labour Office, Geneva, 2007

 “Entry, exit and the business cycle: Are cooperatives different?”, Journal of Comparative Economics, 34, 2, June 2006, pp. 295-316.

Employee Participation, Firm Performance and Survival (edited with A. Robinson), Vol. 8 of Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms, 2004, Elsevier-North Holland.

 “Early coop survival: The liability of adolescence”, Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms, Vol. 8, 2004, pp. 67-86.

“Employee participation in ownership and profit.  A review of the issues and evidence” (with A. Robinson), European Parliament Working Paper, No. SOCI109EN, Social Affairs Series, Directorate-General for Research, European Parliament, 2003.

"Participation aux bénéfices et actionnariat salarié: les éléments du débat" (with A. Robinson), Document de Travail du Parlement Européen, n° SOCI109FR, Série Affaires sociales, Direction générale des Etudes, Parlement Européen, 2003.

"Arbeitnehmerbeteiligung an Gewinn und Kapital: Überblick über Fragen und Befunde" (with A. Robinson), Arbeitsdokument, SOCI109DE, Generaldirektion Wissenschaft, Europäisches Parlament, 2003.

"Equal opportunities practices and performance in small and large enterprises: An investigation on Australian and British data", (with A. Robinson and J. Loundes), International Labour Review, 142, 4, 2003.

“Igualdad de oportunidades y productividad empresarial.  Investigación comparada de Australia y Reino Unido”, (with A. Robinson and J. Loundes), Revista Internacional del Trabajo, 122, 4, 2003, pp. 519-555.

“Politiques d’égalité des chances et résultats de l’entreprise: étude comparative de la situation en Australie et au Royaume-Uni”, (with A. Robinson and J. Loundes), Revue Internationale du Travail, 142, 4, 2003, pp. 509-546.

 “France: Weitzman under state paternalism?” (with F. Fakhfakh) in M Brown and J Heywood (eds) Paying for Performance: An International Comparison, ME Sharpe, 2002, pp. 90 - 114.

 “Equal opportunities policies and performance in small and medium-sized enterprises.  An investigation on British and Australian data” (with A. Robinson and J. Loundes), background paper for World Report on Discrimination prepared by the Infocus Programme for the Promotion of the Declaration on Fundamental Rights at Work, International Labour Office, Geneva, 2002.

 “The voluntary sector, jobs and social policy:  Illusions and opportunities”, International Labour Review, 140, 3, 2001, pp. 327-362.

“Secteur associatif, création d’emplois et politique sociale: promesses ou illusions?”, Revue Internationale du Travail, 140, 3, 2001, pp. 381-421.

“Sector voluntario, creación de empleo y política social.  Ilusiones y oportunidades”, Revista Internacional del Trabajo, 120, 3, 2001, pp. 381-423.

“Employee participation and equal opportunities practices: Performance effects and potential complementarities”, (with A. Robinson), British Journal of Industrial Relations, 38, 2000, pp. 557 - 583.

“The effects of profit-sharing schemes on enterprise performance in France” (with F. Fakhfakh), Economic Analysis, 3, 2000, pp. 93 - 112.

“Gender issues in productivity”, in ILO, Gender.  A Partnership of Equals, ILO, Geneva, 2000.

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