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Sickness Absence and Works Councils - Evidence from German Individual and Linked Employer-Employee Data

Daniel Arnold, Tobias Brändle () and Laszlo Goerke ()

No 201410, IAAEU Discussion Papers from Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU)

Abstract: Using both household and linked employer-employee data for Germany, we assess the effects of non-union representation in the form of works councils on (1) individual sickness absence rates and (2) a subjective measure of personnel problems due to sickness absence as perceived by a firm's management. We find that the existence of a works council is positively correlated with the incidence and the annual duration of absence. We observe a more pronounced correlation in western Germany which can also be interpreted causally. Further, personnel problems due to absence are more likely to occur in plants with a works council.

Keywords: Absenteeism; LIAB; personnel problems; sickness absence; SOEP; works councils (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 J53 M54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-08
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