NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

The Effect of Shift Structure on Performance: The Role of Fatigue for Paramedics

Tanguy Brachet, Guy David, Reena Duseja

NBER Working Paper No. 16418
Issued in September 2010
NBER Program(s):   HC   HE

The effect of shift structure on worker performance and productivity is an issue of increasing interest to firms and regulatory bodies. Using approximately 742,000 emergency medical incidents attended by 2,400 paramedics in the state of Mississippi, we evaluate the extent to which paramedics’ performance towards the end of their shift is impacted by its length. We find evidence that their performance deteriorates towards the end of long shifts, and argue that fatigue is the mediating factor. These findings have implications for workforce organization, calling attention to regulation designed to limit extended work hours.

download in pdf format
   (478 K)

email paper

The NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health provides summaries of publications like this.  You can sign up to receive the NBER Bulletin on Aging and Health by email.

This paper is available as PDF (478 K) or via email.

Machine-readable bibliographic record - MARC, RIS, BibTeX

Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w16418

Users who downloaded this paper also downloaded these:
Aknin, Barrington-Leigh, Dunn, Helliwell, Biswas-Diener, Kemeza, Nyende, Ashton-James, and Norton w16415 Prosocial Spending and Well-Being: Cross-Cultural Evidence for a Psychological Universal
Uhlig w16416 Economics and Reality
Chen and Jin w16417 Does Health Insurance Coverage Lead to Better Health and Educational Outcomes? Evidence from Rural China
Cook, Gaynor, Stephens, and Taylor w16077 The Effect of Hospital Nurse Staffing on Patient Health Outcomes: Evidence from California's Minimum Staffing Regulation
 
Publications
Activities
Meetings
NBER Videos
Data
People
About

Support
National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138; 617-868-3900; email: info@nber.org

Contact Us