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Worker absence and shirking : evidence from matched teacher-school data.

Bradley, Steve and Green, Colin and Leeves, Gareth (2007) Worker absence and shirking : evidence from matched teacher-school data. Labour Economics, 14 (3). pp. 319-334. ISSN 0927-5371

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    Abstract

    We utilise a unique matched teacher-school data set of absenteeism records to quantify the impact of group interaction on the absence behavior of primary and secondary teachers. To address problems of identification our study focuses on teachers who move between schools. The estimates for movers suggest that absenteeism is influenced by prevailing group absence behaviour at the school. Our finding suggests that a worker takes one more day of absenteeism if their average coworker takes 12 more days or 8 more days absenteeism per quarter for primary school and secondary school teachers, respectively. We interpret this as evidence that worker shirking is influenced by workplace absence norms.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Labour Economics
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Labour Economics 14 (3), 2007, © ELSEVIER.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Absenteeism ; Shirking ; Group Interaction Effects
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
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    ID Code: 31328
    Deposited By: Dr Colin P Green
    Deposited On: 08 Jan 2010 09:27
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:31
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31328

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