Worker absence and shirking: Evidence from matched teacher-school data

Bradley, S., Green, C. and Leeves, G. (2007) Worker absence and shirking: Evidence from matched teacher-school data. Labour Economics, 14 3: 319-334. doi:10.1016/j.labeco.2006.05.002

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Author Bradley, S.
Green, C.
Leeves, G.
Title Worker absence and shirking: Evidence from matched teacher-school data
Journal name Labour Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0927-5371
Publication date 2007
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.labeco.2006.05.002
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 319
End page 334
Total pages 16
Editor Ichino, A.
Place of publication Amsterdam
Publisher Elsevier Science Bv
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
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. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keyword Economics
group interaction effects
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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