CERGAS Seminar "Non-monetary interventions, workforce retention and hospital quality: evidence from the English NHS"

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Excessive turnover can signicantly impair an organization's performance. Using high-quality administrative data and staggered difference-in-differences strategies, we evaluate the impact of a programme that encouraged public hospitals to increase staff retention by providing data and guidelines on how to improve the non-pecuniary aspects of nursing jobs. We find that the programme has decreased the nurse turnover rate by 4.49%, decreased exits from the public hospital sector by 5.38%, and reduced mortality within 30 days from hospital admission by 3.45%, preventing 11,400 deaths. Our results are consistent with a theoretical model in which information is provided to managers of multi-unit organizations, who trade off coordinating decisions across units and adapting them to local conditions.


Associate Professor Giuseppe Moscelli (University of Surrey) has received both his undergraduate degree in Economics and Management of Institutions and Financial Markets (2004) and his Master of Science in Finance (2007) from Luigi Bocconi University (Milan, Italy).

He has worked in the investment banking industry as a front-office risk management analyst in the Capital Markets division of Lehman Brothers (London) in 2007-08, and then in 2009 he moved on to enrol into a PhD program in Econometrics and Empirical Economics at University of Rome Tor Vergata (second years classes and exams at EIEF in Rome). From October 2012 to December 2017 he has worked as a research fellow in the Health Policy team of the Centre for Health Economics of the University of York. He was awarded his PhD from University of Rome Tor Vergata (2015). In December 2017 he joined the University of Surrey as a Lecturer in Economics (promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2019 and Associate Professor in 2021).

Giuseppe Moscelli is an empirical economist, and his main areas of interest are health economics, labour economics, organizational economics and applied causal inference. His research is focused on robust data analysis and estimation to provide policy makers the tools to decide which interventions can be beneficial to patients, workers and/or the general public. His research has been published in: RAND Journal of Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Health Economics, Regional Science & Urban Economics, and Social Science and Medicine. In health economics, he has investigated and he is interested in: the determinants of choice of provider of care, and in particular the effect of hospital quality on the choice of provider; the effect of patient choice and competition on healthcare outcomes; the effect of socio-economic status on access to healthcare, in particular waiting times; the effect of waiting times on patient's outcomes (e.g. mortality, readmissions). His research in this area has focused primarily on the English National Health Service case, but its results can be extended to a large part of mixed or Beveridge healthcare systems. In labour economics, he is interested in the determinants of labour supply and the effects of labour supply on the production of public goods and public services, e.g. healthcare services. Since July 2019 he is the Principal Investigator of a 5-year project funded by The Health Foundation to investigate the determinants and effects of hospital workforce retention in the English NHS.

Link zoom: https://unibocconi-it.zoom.us/j/98584162530?pwd=bjFtc2tDSTF1K0dVTE8xZmZ5cEE4dz09

Meeting ID: 985 8416 2530

Passcode: 253071

For those willing to participate in person, please write to elisabetta.listorti@sdabocconi.it before Friday, September 29th.