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Racial Harassment, Job Satisfaction and Intentions to Quit: Evidence from the British Nursing Profession

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  • Shields, Michael A.

    () (Monash University)

  • Wheatley Price, Stephen

    () (University of Leicester)

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This paper investigates the determinants of racial harassment at the workplace and its impact, via job satisfaction, on intentions to quit. Using data for ethnic minority nurses in Britain, we find that nearly 40% of nurses have experienced racial harassment from work colleagues, whilst more than 64% have suffered racial harassment from patients. The experience of racial harassment at the workplace leads to a significant reduction in job satisfaction, which, in turn, significantly increases nurses’ intentions to quit their job. These findings have important policy implications for retaining qualified nursing staff in the British National Health Service.

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  • Shields, Michael A. & Wheatley Price, Stephen, 2000. "Racial Harassment, Job Satisfaction and Intentions to Quit: Evidence from the British Nursing Profession," IZA Discussion Papers 164, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    job satisfaction; nursing; Racial harassment; intentions to quit;

    JEL classification:

    • J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J71 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Discrimination - - - Hiring and Firing

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