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New Evidence on the Determinants of Absenteeism Using Linked Employer-Employee Data

In this paper, we provide new evidence on the determinants of absenteeism using the Workplace Employee Survey (WES) 1999-2002 from Statistics Canada. Our paper extends the typical labour-leisure model used to analyze the decision to skip work to include firm-level policy variables relevant to the absenteeism decision and uncertainty about the cost of absenteeism. It also provides a non-linear econometric model that explicitly takes into account the count nature of absenteeism data and unobserved heterogeneity at both the individual and firm level. Controlling for very detailed demographic, job and firm characteristics (including workplace practices), we find that dissatisfaction with contracted hours is a significant determinant of absence.

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Paper provided by HEC Montréal, Institut d'économie appliquée in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 05-04.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:iea:carech:0504
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