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Family illness, work absence and gender

  • Begoña Álvarez

Combining family and work demands has become a tough challenge for many workers in modern societies. Using data from a random sample of Spanish employees, this paper investigates the effects of attending to family health needs on work absence decisions of working individuals. The estimates reveal that men and women respond in a different way to several forces influencing work absence due to family illness. The analysis also shows that workers declaring to have used working time to attend to ill relatives are more prone to report sickness absence episodes. Estimates from bivariate probit equations shows that controlling for endogeneity removes this relationship for men, but the effect of absence due to family illness on sickness absence reporting remains positive and significant for women, leaving room for causal explanations.

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Paper provided by Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada in its series Working Papers with number 0210.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2002
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Handle: RePEc:vig:wpaper:0210
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