publication . Preprint . 2012

WORRIED SICK? WORKER RESPONSES TO ORGANIZATIONAL TURMOIL

Bratberg, Espen; Monstad, Karin;
Open Access
  • Published: 30 Apr 2012
Abstract
Sickness absence has risen over the past years in Norway. One explanation put forward is that a tougher labor market represents a health hazard, while a competing hypothesis predicts that loss of job security works as a disciplinary device. In this analysis we aim to trace a causal impact of organizational turmoil or job insecurity on sickness absence, applying a difference-in-difference approach. Utilizing a negative financial shock that hit specific employers and workplaces, we find that sickness absence decreased considerably in the following year. The decrease is substantially larger among male than among female employees, and stronger for days of sickness a...
Subjects
free text keywords: Worker absenteeism; sickness absence; organizational schange; job security; difference-in-differences, jel:H53, jel:I18, jel:J22, jel:J28, jel:J45
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