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The Determinants Of Lateness: Evidence From British Workers

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  • Ken Clark
  • Simon A. Peters
  • Mark Tomlinson

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Using a sample of male and female workers from the 1992 "Employment in Britain" survey, we estimate a generalised grouped zero-inflated Poisson regression model of employees' self-reported lateness. Lateness is higher for males, private sector workers and in service industries. Reflecting theoretical predictions from both psychology and economics, we model lateness as a function of incentives, the monitoring of, and sanctions for, lateness within the workplace, job satisfaction and attitudes to work. Various aspects of workplace incentive and disciplinary policies turn out to affect lateness; however, controlling for these, an important role for job satisfaction remains. Copyright (c) Scottish Economic Society 2005.

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  • Ken Clark & Simon A. Peters & Mark Tomlinson, 2005. "The Determinants Of Lateness: Evidence From British Workers," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 52(2), pages 282-304, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:52:y:2005:i:2:p:282-304
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    1. Gallie, Duncan & White, Michael & Cheng, Yuan & Tomlinson, Mark, 1998. "Restructuring the Employment Relationship," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198294412.
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    1. Travis, Dnika J. & Gomez, Rebecca J. & Mor Barak, Michàlle E., 2011. "Speaking up and stepping back: Examining the link between employee voice and job neglect," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(10), pages 1831-1841, October.
    2. D Cassidy & J Sutherland, 2008. "Going Absent, Then Just Going? A Case Study Examination of Absence and Quitting," Economic Issues Journal Articles, Economic Issues, vol. 13(2), pages 1-20, September.
    3. Jonathan H. Westover, 2010. "Global shifts: Changing job quality and job satisfaction determinants in socialist and post-socialist Hungary," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 37(2), pages 84-100, January.
    4. Kevin E. Staub & Rainer Winkelmann, 2013. "Consistent Estimation Of Zero‐Inflated Count Models," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 22(6), pages 673-686, June.

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    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • J59 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Other

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