Smoke-Free Laws and Employee Turnover



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.

Publication Information
Article Title: Smoke-Free Laws and Employee Turnover
Journal: Contemporary Economic Policy (Jul, 2008)
26:3, pp. 351-359
Author(s): Thompson, Eric;  Hahn, Ellen J.;  Blomquist, Glenn;  Garen, John;  Mullineaux, Don;  Ugunro, Nola;  Rayens, Mary K.
Researcher Information
Thompson, Eric
Thompson, Eric
Karl H. Nelson Professor of Economics
  • Bureau of Business Research
  • Regional Economics
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