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Dying to work? An investigation into work-related stress, quitting intentions and absenteeism

Rannia M. Leontaridi and Melanie E. Ward
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Rannia M. Leontaridi: Stirling University and CELMR
Melanie E. Ward: IZA and CEPR

No 126, Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2002 from Royal Economic Society

Abstract: The paper uses data from the International Social Surveys Program (ISSP) to investigate work-related stress among a group of 15 OECD countries. It examines the determinants of work-related stress and explores the importance of work-related stress as a predictor of individuals' quitting behaviour and the rate of absenteeism. We find that those individuals reporting to experience at least some stress in their current position are 25% more likely to hold intentions to quit or be absent from work than those without any job stress, with the probability of intending to quit or being absent increasing with successively higher work-related stress levels.

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Date: 2002-08-29
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