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Gender differences in shirking: monitoring or social preferences? : evidence from a field experiment
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies. IFAU, Uppsala University; Uppsala Center for Labor Studies.
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Abstract [en]

This paper studies gender differences in the extent to which social preferences affect workers’ shirking decisions. Using exogenous variation in work absence induced by a randomized field experiment that increased treated workers’ absence, we find that also nontreated workers increased their absence as a response. Furthermore, we find that male workers react more strongly to decreased monitoring, but no significant gender difference in the extent to which workers are influenced by peers. However, our results suggest significant heterogeneity in the degree of influence that male and female workers exert on each other: conditional on the potential exposure to same-sex co-workers, men are only affected by their male peers, and women are only affected by their female peers.

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Bonn: Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit , 2014. , 27 p.
, IZA Discussion Paper Series, 8133
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peer effects, employer-employee data, social preferences, randomized field experiment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112473OAI: diva2:779234
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2015-03-03Bibliographically approved

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