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Absenteeism Predictors: Least Squares, Rank Regression, and Model Selection Results


  • Mohammed Chaudhury
  • Ignace Ng


This paper examines the determinants of absenteeism using ordinary least squares rank-based regressions and a model selection procedure. The results show that personal attributes are the most important determinants of long-term absences. For total working days lost, the penalty factors are the most significant predictors. The results also show that absenteeism tends to be lower among firms with more part-time workers. Unionization, on the other hand, increases the total days lost due to absenteeism.

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  • Mohammed Chaudhury & Ignace Ng, 1992. "Absenteeism Predictors: Least Squares, Rank Regression, and Model Selection Results," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 25(3), pages 615-635, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:25:y:1992:i:3:p:615-35

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