Racial Harassment, Job Satisfaction and Intentions to Quit: Evidence from the British Nursing Profession
Michael A. Shields
University of Melbourne - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Stephen Wheatley Price
University of Leicester - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Economica, Vol. 69, pp. 295-326, 2002
We investigate the determinants of perceived racial harassment at the workplace, and its impact on job satisfaction and quitting behaviour among ethnic minority nurses, using data from a unique large-scale survey of British NHS nurses. Nearly 40% of ethnic minority nurses report experiencing racial harassment from work colleagues, while more than 64% report suffering racial harassment from patients. Such racial harassment is found to lead to a significant reduction in job satisfaction, which, in turn, increases nurses' intentions to quit their job. These results are found to be robust to endogeneity concerns, and have important policy implications for retaining qualified nursing staff in the NHS.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 15, 2002
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