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Presenteeism in Finland: Determinants By Gender and The Sector of Economy

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  • Petri Bockerman

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    (Labour Institute for Economic Research and University of Tampere)

  • Erkki Laukkanen

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    (The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions)

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We study the prevalence of sickness presenteeism, using survey data covering 725 Finnish union members in 2008. Controlling for worker characteristics, we find that sickness presenteeism is sensitive to working-time arrangements. Permanent full-time work, mismatch between desired and actual working hours, shift or period work and overlong working weeks generally increase the prevalence of sickness presenteeism. The estimates by gender suggest that participation in permanent full-time work has an effect on presenteeism only for women. Furthermore, the adoption of three days? paid sickness absence without a sickness certificate and the easing of efficiency demands decrease sickness presenteeism especially in private services.

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Article provided by Ege University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in its journal Ege Academic Review.

Volume (Year): 9 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 1007-1016

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Keywords: presenteeism; working-time arrangements;

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  1. Böckerman, Petri & Ilmakunnas, Pekka, 2008. "Interaction of working conditions, job satisfaction, and sickness absences: Evidence from a representative sample of employees," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 67(4), pages 520-528, August.
  2. Petri Böckerman & Roope Uusitalo, 2006. "Erosion of the Ghent System and Union Membership Decline: Lessons from Finland," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 44(2), pages 283-303, 06.
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