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TitleExtreme Climate and Absence from Work: Evidence from Jamaica
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsSpencer, N, Urquhart, M-A
Pagination232 - 239
Date Published2021/04/01
ISBN Number2192-6395

This study investigated the impact of extreme climate events on work absence in Jamaica. To this end, we constructed a quarterly individual level dataset on labor market and climatic data for 2004–2014. We find that while excess rainfall increases the odds of being temporarily absent from work, heat is unlikely to have an effect. The estimated outcome of excess rainfall is reasonable given the possibility of flooded roads, which can impede travel to work. This draws attention to the development of e-commuting policies to mitigate any negative effects on productivity.

Short TitleInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Science
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