DP2387 Work Environment And Individual Background: Explaining Regional Shirking Differentials In A Large Italian Firm
|Author(s):||Andrea Ichino, Giovanni Maggi|
|Publication Date:||February 2000|
|Keyword(s):||Group Interaction Effects, Regional Differentials, Shirking|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics|
|Link to this Page:||www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=2387|
The prevalence of shirking within a large Italian bank appears to be characterized by significant regional differentials. In particular, absenteeism and misconduct episodes are substantially more prevalent in the south. We consider a number of potential explanations for this fact: different individual backgrounds; group-interaction effects; sorting of workers across regions; differences in local attributes; different hiring policies and discrimination against southern workers. Our analysis suggests that individual backgrounds, group-interaction effects and sorting effects contribute to explain the north-south shirking differential. None of the other explanations appears to be of first-order importance.