Health Worker Labor Supply, Absenteeism, and Job Choice

Pieter Serneels, Tomas Lievens, Damas Butera

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Seeks to set out a microeconomic analysis as a starting point for a better understanding of health worker labor supply, absenteeism, and occupational choice, using the evidence available for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as well as the relevant insights from high-income countries, to (1) discuss the appropriate framework for analysis of labor supply, absenteeism, job choice, and dual work; (2) present the available evidence on each of these topics and lessons to be learned for policy making; (3) discuss the types of analysis that can improve understanding, distinguishing between descriptive and casual analysis; and (4) focus on data and measurement. While reliable data on the labor supply of health workers both across countries and at a country level remain scarce, microeconomic analysis offers the best starting point to building a better understanding of health worker labor supply. Recent evidence has identified major challenges for the delivery of micro-level health care, including health worker presence and on-the-job performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Labor Market Analyses in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Subtitle of host publicationAn Evidence-Based Approach
EditorsRichard M. Scheffler, Christopher H. Herbst, Christophe Lemiere, Jim Campbell
PublisherThe World Bank
Number of pages50
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4648-0932-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-4648-0931-6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

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