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Absenteeism in Apprenticeships: What Role Do Works Councils Play?

Harald Pfeifer ()

No 98, Economics of Education Working Paper Series from University of Zurich, Department of Business Administration (IBW)

Abstract: This paper examines the influence of works councils on apprentices’ absence from the workplace in Germany. The analysis draws on merged administrative and survey data that includes information about the cumulated days apprentices are absent from work due to sickness reasons. On average, apprentices report sick on nine working days per year, whereas strong differences exist with respect to the training occupation and firmsize. Regression results imply that the existence of a works council in a firm significantly reduces apprentices’ absence. The results suggest that works councils effectively exercise their legally anchored ‘voice’ function in the German apprenticeship system.

Keywords: Absenteeism; Apprenticeship Training; Works Councils (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J52 K31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43 pages
Date: 2014-04, Revised 2015-08
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hrm, nep-lab and nep-law
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