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Just-In-Time Production, Work Organization And Absence Control

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  • Joseph Lanfranchi

    () (CEE - Centre d'études de l'emploi - M.E.N.E.S.R. - Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche - Ministère du Travail, de l'Emploi et de la Santé)

  • John Treble

Abstract

Studies of sick‐pay and absenteeism have traditionally treated absence as a worker‐related phenomenon. There are good reasons to suppose, though, that firms' incentives to control absenteeism are not uniform. Using an employee/employer‐matched data set, we investigate the relationship between the firm's production methods and the generosity of its sick‐pay. The results suggest that firms that might be expected to value reliability highly, characterized as those that use just‐in‐time, are more likely to provide less generous sick‐pay. Those findings survive when we control for the use of complementary policies that buffer production from absence shocks.
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  • Joseph Lanfranchi & John Treble, 2010. "Just-In-Time Production, Work Organization And Absence Control," Post-Print hal-01895537, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01895537
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9957.2010.02206.x
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    1. M. A. Ben Halima & V. Hyafil-Solelhac & M. Koubi & C. Regaert, 2015. "The Effects of the Complementary Sickness Benefits (CSB) on Sick Leave Duration: an Approach Based on Collective Bargaining Agreements," Documents de Travail de l'Insee - INSEE Working Papers g2015-05, Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques.
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    6. David Marsden & Richard Belfield, 2010. "Institutions and the Management of Human Resources: Incentive Pay Systems in France and Great Britain," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 48(2), pages 235-283, June.
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    8. Petri Böckerman, 2015. "High involvement management and employee well-being," IZA World of Labor, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), pages 171-171, July.

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