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Absenteeism in Apprenticeships: What Role Do Works Councils Play?

  • Harald Pfeifer

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    (Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) Bonn, Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) Maastricht)

This paper examines the influence of works councils on apprenticesÕ absence from the workplace in Germany. The analysis draws on merged administrative and survey data, including information on the cumulated days apprentices are absent from work due to sickness. On average, apprentices are absent nine working days per year, whereas strong differences exist with respect to the training occupation and several firm characteristics. Regression results imply that the presence of a works council in a firm significantly reduces apprenticesÕ absence. This result supports the hypothesis that works councils effectively exercise their legally anchored ÔvoiceÕ function in the German apprenticeship system.

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Paper provided by University of Zurich, Institute for Strategy and Business Economics (ISU) in its series Economics of Education Working Paper Series with number 0098.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2014
Date of revision: Oct 2014
Handle: RePEc:iso:educat:0098
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