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Family employees and absenteeism

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  • Laszlo Goerke

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    (Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the EU, University of Trier)

  • Jörn Block

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    (University of Trier, Erasmus Institute of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Jose Maria Millan

    ()
    (Department of Economics, Universidad de Huelva)

  • Concepcion Roman

    ()
    (Department of Economics, Universidad de Huelva)

Abstract

Work effort varies greatly across employees, as evidenced by substantial differences in absence rates. Moreover, absenteeism causes sizeable output losses. Using data from the European Community Household Panel (ECHP), this paper investigates absence behavior of family employees, i.e. workers who are employed in enterprises owned by a relative. Our estimates indicate that being a family employee instead of a regular employee in the private sector significantly reduces both the probability and duration of absence to a substantial degree.

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Paper provided by Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU) in its series IAAEU Discussion Papers with number 201402.

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Keywords: absenteeism; family employees; European Community Household Panel; work effort;

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