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Looking after number two? Competition, cooperation and workplace interaction

Tim Barmby, John G. Sessions and Alexandros Zangelidis ()

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2016, vol. 131, issue PA, 166-182

Abstract: We look for cooperation in a real-world setting in which optometrists absent less frequently in two-chair than one-chair offices because of the externality such behavior imposes on their co-worker. We motivate our empirical analysis by developing a model of worker interdependence in which two workers can either compete or cooperate. We show that, relative to a single worker working in isolation, competition unequivocally increases absence whilst cooperation may increase or decrease absence. Our empirical analysis of a unique data set finds explicit support for cooperative behavior.

Keywords: Absence; Worker interdependency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J33 J41 J54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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