Smoke-Free Laws and Employee Turnover

9 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2008

See all articles by Ellen J. Hahn

Ellen J. Hahn

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Glenn C. Blomquist

University of Kentucky - Department of Economics

John E. Garen

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics

Don Mullineaux

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

This study examines how smoke-free laws influence turnover among restaurant workers. The study uses a unique data set of payroll records of a franchisee of a national full-service restaurant chain operating 23 restaurants in the state of Arizona, a state where several communities have adopted smoke-free laws. Municipal smoke-free laws did not, on average, have a statistically significant effect on the probability of employee separation in the years after implementation. These results suggest that training costs associated with employee turnover would not rise for full-service restaurants in municipalities that adopt smoke-free laws.

JEL Classification: I18, J63

Suggested Citation

HAHN, ELLEN J. and Blomquist, Glenn C. and Garen, John E. and MULLINEAUX, DON, Smoke-Free Laws and Employee Turnover. Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 26, Issue 3, pp. 351-359, July 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1157579 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2007.00091.x

ELLEN J. HAHN

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Glenn C. Blomquist

University of Kentucky - Department of Economics ( email )

Department of Economics
Gatton Business & Economics Bldg 335
Lexington, KY 40506-0034
United States
859-257-3924 (Phone)
859-323-1920 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://gatton.uky.edu/faculty/blomquist/

John E. Garen

University of Kentucky - Gatton College of Business and Economics ( email )

Department of Economics
Lexington, KY 40506
United States
859-257-3581 (Phone)
859-323-1920 (Fax)

DON MULLINEAUX

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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