Family employees and absenteeism

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Block, Jörn ; Goerke, Laszlo ; Millán, José María ; Román, Concepción (2014)
  • Publisher: Trier: University of Trier, Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU)
  • Subject: I10 | M50 | family employees | absenteeism, family employees, European Community Household Panel, work effort | J22 | absenteeism | European Community Household Panel | work effort | European Community Household Panel, family employees, absenteeism, work effort
    • jel: jel:I10 | jel:M50 | jel:J22
      ddc: ddc:330

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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    14 dummies equalling 1 for individuals living in the named country: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

    8 dummies equalling 1 for observations referring to each year covered by the sample: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.

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