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Sick of Your Colleagues' Absence?
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2009 (English)In: Journal of the European Economic Association, ISSN 1542-4766, E-ISSN 1542-4774, Vol. 7, no 2-3, 583-594 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We utilize a large-scale randomized social experiment to identify how co-workers affect each other’s effort as measured bywork absence. The experiment altered thework absence incentives for half of recover the treatment status of all workers in more than 3,000 workplaces. We first document that employees in workplaces with a high proportion of treated co-workers increase their own absence level significantly. We then examine the heterogeneity of the treatment effect in order to explore what mechanisms are underlying the peer effect. Although a strong effect of having a high proportion of treated co-workers is found for the non-treatedworkers, no significant effects are found for the treated workers. These results suggest that pure altruistic social preferences can be ruled out as the main motivator for the behavior of a non-negligible proportion of the employees in our sample.

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2009. Vol. 7, no 2-3, 583-594 p.
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Economics
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108478DOI: 10.1162/JEEA.2009.7.2-3.583ISI: 000265366000024OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-108478DiVA: diva2:236025
Available from: 2009-09-20 Created: 2009-09-20 Last updated: 2010-12-29Bibliographically approved

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