Next to the U.S. Census and the Federal Reserve Board’s Survey for Consumer Finances, the GSS is the most important survey of social and economic patterns and attitudes used by our government. It is the predominant survey used by the government on social and economic attitudes and behaviors. Because the GSS has mainly public fundings, its databases are open to all researchers world-wide to use for the purpose of scientific analysis.
The FED supported the addition of a shared capitalism component to the GSS since its inclusion in the survey in 2002. The opportunity for objective scientific research on these topics has increased. For the 2010 survey, in collaboration with the Employee Ownership Foundation, the National Center for Employee Ownership, and the Profit Sharing Council of America, the FED is supporting the addition of supplemental questions on the topic.
The GSS 2010 will survey a random sample of all U.S. adults in 2010 and publish the results in 2011. Previous GSS data sets have been used for several Ph.D. theses on employee ownership.
A book on shared capitalism titled Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-Based Stock Options (editors: Douglas L. Kruse, Richard B. Freeman and Joseph R. Blasi) was published in the spring of 2010 and included many analyses of GSS data. An abstract is available at the National Bureau of Economic Research Web site.