Absenteeism in the UK: A Comparison Across Genders
We analyse an empirical model of absence from work based upon a variant of the traditional work-leisure model of labour supply. The model is tested with data from the 1993 UK Family Expenditure Survey (FES) and a comparison of absenteeism is made across genders. We find substantial differences in the probability of absenteeism across gender and various family situations. It appears that it is marital status rather than the presence of children that is driving this gender difference. We also find that our conclusions concerning gender differences in absenteeism are sensitive to the definition of absenteeism used and that the differences in the determination of these measures may help to explain some of the existing disagreements in the literature.
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