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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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Abstract

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: 17 Aug 2017 18:04
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/4909

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