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How are Work-related Characteristics Linked to Sickness Absence and Presenteeism? - Theory and Data -

Daniel Arnold and Marco de Pinto ()
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Marco de Pinto: Institute for Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the EU, University of Trier

No 201511, IAAEU Discussion Papers from Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU)

Abstract: This paper investigates how changes in work-related factors affect worker's absence and presenteeism behavior. Previous studies (implicitly) assume that there is a substitutive relationship, i.e. a change in a work-related factor decreases the level of absence and simultaneously increases presenteeism (or vice versa). We set up a theoretical model in which work-related characteristics not only affect a worker's absence decision but also the individual-specific sickness defintion. Since work-related factors affect presenteeism through these two channels, non-substitutive relationships between absence and presenteeism are also conceivable. Using European cross-sectional data, we find only few substitutive and complementary relationships, while the bulk of the work-related characteristics is related only to one of the two sickness states.

Keywords: Sickness absence; presenteeism; annual duration; work-related characteristics; health at work (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I1 J22 J28 M50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-11
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