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Analysing absence behaviour using event history models

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  • Tim Barmby

    (University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen, UK)

  • Suzyrman Sibly

    (University of Science, Malaysia)

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This paper analyses the absence behaviour of a group of industrial workers. Part of their remuneration scheme comprises an experience rated sick-pay scheme (linking level of sickpay to past absence) which determines the cost of a day's absence for a worker, both contemporaneously and in terms of expected future cost. This cost is explicitly computed for each worker and we show that this cost is negatively related to absence. Using an event history model with a Markov structure for the absence histories the size of this effect is shown to depend on the state occupied. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Tim Barmby & Suzyrman Sibly, 2004. "Analysing absence behaviour using event history models," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 25(3), pages 141-145.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:25:y:2004:i:3:p:141-145
    DOI: 10.1002/mde.1136
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    1. Coles, Melvyn G. & Treble, John G., 1996. "Calculating the price of worker reliability," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 3(2), pages 169-188, September.
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    1. Marsden, David & Moriconi, Simone, 2009. "The value of rude health: employees' well being, absence and workplace performance," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 51587, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Melvyn Coles & Joseph Lanfranchi & Ali Skalli & John Treble, 2007. "Pay, Technology, And The Cost Of Worker Absence," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 45(2), pages 268-285, April.

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