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The influence of disability on absenteeism: an empirical analysis using Spanish data

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  • Garcia-Serrano, Carlos
  • Malo, Miguel A.

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Using data from the European Community Household Panel for Spain covering the period 1995-2001, this paper investigates the influence of disability on absenteeism reported by workers. Results show that workers with disabilities are absent more days than workers without disabilities. This finding holds even when individuals selfreported health, visits to doctors and nights spent in hospitals are included in the estimations. The total effect of disability on absenteeism amounts to a marginal increase of 6-10 days per year. Implications for labour policy are discussed.

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Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series ISER Working Paper Series with number 2008-29.

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  1. Sabine Chaupain-Guillot & Olivier Guillot, 2010. "Les déterminants individuels des absences au travail : une comparaison européenne," Working Papers of BETA 2010-17, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.
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