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A Time Series Analysis of Labour Absence in Australia

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  • Kenyon, Peter
  • Dawkins, Peter
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    The authors find evidence from Australian time-series data supporting two hypotheses about the determination of labor absence. First, labor absence modeled in a utility-maximizing framework that stresses the opportunity cost of labor absence receives considerable support from the data. Variables that change the slope and/or shift the budget constraint facing workers affect labor absence. Secondly, the authors find tentative evidence that coercive or difficult work environments, which apparently affect job satisfaction, adversely affect labor absence. In particular, it appears that labor absence is a leading indicator of a deteriorating industrial relations environment characterized by increased industrial disputation. Copyright 1989 by MIT Press.

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    Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Review of Economics & Statistics.

    Volume (Year): 71 (1989)
    Issue (Month): 2 (May)
    Pages: 232-39

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    Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:71:y:1989:i:2:p:232-39

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    2. Keith A. Bender & John Douglas Satun, 2009. "Constrained By Hours And Restricted In Wages: The Quality Of Matches In The Labor Market," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 47(3), pages 512-529, 07.
    3. Solveig Osborg Ose & Jan Morten Dyrstad, 2001. "Non-linear Unemployment Effects in Sickness Absence: Discipline or Composition Effects?," Working Paper Series 2502, Department of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
    4. Georges Dionne & Benoit Dostie, 2005. "New Evidence on the Determinants of Absenteeism Using Linked Employer-Employee Data," Cahiers de recherche 05-04, HEC Montréal, Institut d'économie appliquée.
    5. Livanos, Ilias & Zangelidis, Alexandros, 2010. "Sickness Absence: a Pan-European Study," MPRA Paper 22627, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Askildsen, Jan Erik & Bratberg, Espen & Nilsen, Øivind Anti, 2002. "Unemployment, labour force composition and sickness absence. A panel data study," Working paper Series 0205, Department of Economics, University of Bergen.
    7. Jan M.P. de Kok, 1997. "Involuntary Absence from an Organizational Point of View," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 97-126/3, Tinbergen Institute.
    8. Kaiser, Carl P., 1998. "What do we know about employee absence behavior? An interdisciplinary interpretation," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 27(1), pages 79-96.
    9. Andrén, Daniela, 2001. "Short-Term Absenteeism Due To Sickness: The Swedish Experience, 1986 - 1991," Working Papers in Economics 46, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
    10. Jan M.P. de Kok, 1997. "Involuntary Absence from an Organizational Point of View," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 97-126/3, Tinbergen Institute.
    11. Moral De Blas, Alfonso & Corrales-Herrero, Helena & Martín-Román, Ángel, 2012. "Glass Ceiling or Slippery Floors? Understanding Gender Differences in the Spanish Worker’s Compensation System/¿Techo de cristal o suelo resbaladizo? Comprendiendo las diferencias de género en el ," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 30, pages 311-340, Abril.
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    14. Danielle Venn, 2003. "Non-standard work timing: evidence from the Australian Time Use Survey," Department of Economics - Working Papers Series 866, The University of Melbourne.
    15. Audas, Rick & Goddard, John, 2001. "Absenteeism, seasonality, and the business cycle," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, vol. 53(4), pages 405-419.

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