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Sickness Absence and Works Councils - Evidence from German Individual and Linked Employer-Employee Data

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  • Daniel Arnold

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

  • Tobias Brändle

    () (Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW), University of Tübingen)

  • Laszlo Goerke

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

Abstract

Using both household and linked employer-employee data for Germany, we assess the effects of non-union representation in the form of works councils on (1) individual sickness absence rates and (2) a subjective measure of personnel problems due to sickness absence as perceived by a firm's management. We find that the existence of a works council is positively correlated with the incidence and the annual duration of absence. We observe a more pronounced correlation in western Germany which can also be interpreted causally. Further, personnel problems due to absence are more likely to occur in plants with a works council.

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  • Daniel Arnold & Tobias Brändle & Laszlo Goerke, 2014. "Sickness Absence and Works Councils - Evidence from German Individual and Linked Employer-Employee Data," IAAEU Discussion Papers 201410, Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU).
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    Keywords

    Absenteeism; LIAB; personnel problems; sickness absence; SOEP; works councils;
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    JEL classification:

    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • M54 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Labor Management

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