Smoke-free laws and employee turnover

Eric Thompson, Ellen J. Hahn, Glenn Blomquist, John Garen, Don Mullineaux, Nola Ogunro, Mary K. Rayens

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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 I18, J63)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-359
Number of pages9
JournalContemporary Economic Policy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Administration

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    Thompson, E., Hahn, E. J., Blomquist, G., Garen, J., Mullineaux, D., Ogunro, N., & Rayens, M. K. (2008). Smoke-free laws and employee turnover. Contemporary Economic Policy, 26(3), 351-359.