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The Worker Discipline Effect: A Disaggregative Analysis

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  • Green, Francis
  • Weisskopf, Thomas E

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The authors test for the presence of a "worker discipline effect," wherein macroeconomic conditions influence worker effort, and examine interindustry variation in its strength. An employment function analysis is first used to find evidence of a worker discipline effect in the majority of U.S. three-digit manufacturing industries. A factor analysis of industry, firm, and labor market characteristics is then used to identify several underlying factors by which industries can be distinguished. The authors find that the strength of the worker discipline effect is positively and significantly correlated with the degree to which industries have "secondary" characteristics. Copyright 1990 by MIT Press.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics & Statistics.

Volume (Year): 72 (1990)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 241-49

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:72:y:1990:i:2:p:241-49

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  1. Begoña Álvarez, 2002. "Family illness, work absence and gender," Working Papers 0210, Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada.
  2. Stephen Nickell & D. Nicolitsas, 1994. "Wages," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 51644, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  3. Green, Francis, 2000. "The Impact of Company Human Resource Policies on Social Skills: Implications for Training Sponsorship, Quit Rates and Efficiency Wages," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 47(3), pages 251-72, August.
  4. Stephen Nickell & D. Nicolitsas, 1994. "Wages, effort and productivity," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 20794, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  5. Carter, Thomas J., 2005. "Money and efficiency wages: the neglected effect of employment on efficiency," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 34(2), pages 199-209, March.
  6. Tony Castleman, 2011. "Measurement of Human Recognition: A Methodology with Empirical Applications in India and Kenya," Working Papers 2011-10, The George Washington University, Institute for International Economic Policy.
  7. Campbell III, Carl M., 2006. "A model of the determinants of effort," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 215-237, March.
  8. Francis Green, 1999. "It's been a hard day's night: The concentration and intensification of work in late 20th century Britain," Studies in Economics 9913, Department of Economics, University of Kent.
  9. Lang, Oliver, 1993. "Lohnprämien und Leistungsbereitschaft: Ein latentes Strukturmodell zur empirischen Überprüfung der Shirking-Hypothese," ZEW Discussion Papers 93-17, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  10. Nickell, Stephen & Nicolitsas, Daphne, 1997. "Wages, restrictive practices and productivity," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 4(3), pages 201-221, September.
  11. Thomas J. Carter, 2005. "Monetary Policy, Efficiency Wages, and Nominal Wage Rigidities," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 31(3), pages 349-359, Summer.
  12. Francis Green, 2000. "Why has Work Effort become more intense? Conjectures and Evidence about Effort-Biased Technical Change and other stories," Studies in Economics 0003, Department of Economics, University of Kent.

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