Supervisor Heterogeneity: An Analysis of UK Microdata

11 Pages Posted: 27 May 2003

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Sarah Brown

University of Sheffield - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

John G. Sessions

University of Bath; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

We investigate the attributes of supervisors and the key correlates of the extent of their supervisory responsibilities. We find a strong correlation between wages, education, experience, firm size and the extent of supervision. One implication of this is that firms may be indifferent between employing a few, 'high responsibility' or many 'low responsibility' supervisors. Our findings, suggestive as they are of supervisory heterogeneity, should be taken into account in studies that proxy the intensity of monitoring primarily by the number of supervisors employed.

Suggested Citation

Brown, Sarah and Sessions, John G., Supervisor Heterogeneity: An Analysis of UK Microdata. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 49, pp. 407-417, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=325174

Sarah Brown (Contact Author)

University of Sheffield - Department of Economics

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John G. Sessions

University of Bath ( email )

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United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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