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Pay, technology, and the cost of worker absence

Coles, M and Lanfranchi, J and Skalli, A and Treble, J (2007) 'Pay, technology, and the cost of worker absence.' Economic Inquiry, 45 (2). 268 - 285. ISSN 0095-2583

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Conventional studies of absenteeism concentrate on labor supply. An equilibrium approach, however, establishes that the shadow cost of absenteeism varies across firms that operate different technologies. Using an unusual employee/employer matched data set from France, which records both individual worker absenteeism and information about technology, we show that firms operating just-in-time technology have higher shadow costs of absence than firms that do not. The estimates are used to calculate the economy-wide cost of absence, which turns out to be very low. (JEL J22, J31, J41). © 2006 Western Economic Association International.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2013 16:14
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2019 13:15

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