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Retaining the Thin Blue Line: What shapes workers' willingness not to quit the current work environment?

  • Martin Gachter
  • David A. Savage
  • Benno Torgler

The purpose of this study is to investigate the determinants of police officers' willingness to quit their current department. For this purpose, we work with US survey data that covers a large set of police officers for the Baltimore Police Department in Maryland. Our results indicate that more effective cooperation between units, a higher trust in the work partner, a higher level of interactional justice and a higher level of work-life-balance reduces police officers' willingness to quit the department substantially. On the other hand, higher physical and psychological stress and the expereicene of traumatic events are not, ceteris paribus, correlated with the willingness to leave the department. It might be that police officers accept stress as an acceptable factor in their job description.

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Paper provided by School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology in its series School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series with number 253.

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Length: 40
Date of creation: 28 Oct 2009
Date of revision: 28 Oct 2009
Handle: RePEc:qut:dpaper:253
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