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Family Employees and Absenteeism

  • Block, Jörn

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    (University of Trier)

  • Goerke, Laszlo

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    (IAAEU, University of Trier)

  • Millán, José María

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    (University of Huelva)

  • Román, Concepción

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    (University of Huelva)

Work effort varies greatly across employees, as evidenced by substantial differences in absence rates. Moreover, absenteeism causes sizeable output losses. Using data from the European Community Household Panel (ECHP), this paper investigates absence behavior of family employees, i.e. workers who are employed in enterprises owned by a relative. Our estimates indicate that being a family employee instead of a regular employee in the private sector significantly reduces both the probability and duration of absence to a substantial degree.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7936.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
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Publication status: published in: Economics Letters, 2014, 123 (1), 94-99
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7936
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