PROJECTDocumenting Worker Cooperatives and Worker Cooperative Support Initiatives

Worker cooperatives are businesses that are structured so that employees share ownership of a company and oversee its strategic direction, financial strategy, and management. Worker cooperatives can benefit both employees and businesses: they can ameliorate wealth gaps because they vest the equity that comes from firm ownership in employee-owners, and they offer a hedge against business closures because they provide an ownership succession plan. 

The Urban Institute is working to document the design of, construct theories of change about, and build evidence about early outcomes of public- and philanthropic-backed initiatives that aim to bolster worker cooperatives.

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Tags Community and economic development Income and wealth distribution Job quality and workplace standards Racial and ethnic disparities Racial inequities in economic mobility Racial wealth gap Small businesses
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center