Livanos, Ilias and Zangelidis, Alexandros (2010): Sickness Absence: a Pan-European Study.
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This study, using the EU-LFS, examines the determinants of sickness absence in 26 EU countries. The analysis highlights the importance of demographic and workplace characteristics and of institutional and societal conditions. Female workers aged 26-35 exhibit higher absenteeism, possibly reflecting the level of high household labour pressure. Increased job insecurity, captured by temporary contracts, and labour market uncertainty, reflected in higher unemployment rates, have a negative effect on absenteeism. Finally, individual sickness absence is lower in countries with higher proportion of dependent/out of the labour market individuals, probably because of the increasing pressure labour active people may experience.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Sickness Absence: a Pan-European Study|
|Keywords:||Absenteeism, sickness, EU, Labour Force Survey|
|Subjects:||J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor > J28 - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J32 - Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Private Pensions
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor > J22 - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
|Depositing User:||Alexandros Zangelidis|
|Date Deposited:||13. May 2010 06:37|
|Last Modified:||11. Feb 2013 19:11|
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