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Worker absenteeism: peer influences, monitoring and job flexibility
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies. Uppsala Center for Labor Studies, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), ISSN 0964-1998, E-ISSN 1467-985X, Vol. 182, no 2, p. 605-621Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We study the presence of other‐regarding preferences in the workplace by exploiting a randomized experiment that changed the monitoring of workers’ health during sick leave. We show that workers’ response to an increase in co‐worker shirking, induced by the experiment, is much stronger than the response to a decrease in co‐worker shirking. The asymmetric spillover effects are consistent with evidence of fairness concerns documented in laboratory experiments. Moreover, we find that the spillover effect is driven by workers with highly flexible and autonomous jobs, suggesting that co‐worker monitoring may be at least as important as formal monitoring in alleviating shirking.

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2019. Vol. 182, no 2, p. 605-621
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Fairness, Productivity, Sick leave, Social preferences
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162841DOI: 10.1111/rssa.12406ISI: 000456275600012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-162841DiVA, id: diva2:1269345
Available from: 2018-12-10 Created: 2018-12-10 Last updated: 2019-03-04Bibliographically approved

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