Investigating the quitting decision of nurses: Panel data evidence from the British National Health Service

Frijters, Paul, Shields, Michael A. and Whitley-Price, Stephen (2007) Investigating the quitting decision of nurses: Panel data evidence from the British National Health Service. Health Economics, 16 1: 57-73. doi:10.1002/hec.1144

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Author Frijters, Paul
Shields, Michael A.
Whitley-Price, Stephen
Title Investigating the quitting decision of nurses: Panel data evidence from the British National Health Service
Journal name Health Economics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1057-9230
1099-1050
Publication date 2007-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/hec.1144
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 57
End page 73
Total pages 17
Place of publication Bognor Regis, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract In this paper, we provide a detailed investigation into the quitting behaviour of nurses in the British National Health Service (NHS), using a recently constructed longitudinal survey. We fit both single and competing risks duration models that enable us to establish the characteristics of those nurses who leave the public sector, distinguish the importance of pay in this decision and document the destinations that nurses move to. Contrary to expectations, we find that the hourly wage received by nurses outside of the NHS is around 20% lower than in the NHS, and that hours of work are about the same. However, while the effect of wages is found to be statistically significant, the predicted impact of an increase in nurses' pay on retention rates is small. The current nurse retention problem in the NHS is therefore unlikely to be eliminated through substantially increased pay.
Keyword Nurses
Panel data
Wages
Quitting
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 23 AUG 2006

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Economics Publications
 
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