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Family Employees and Absenteeism

Joern Block (), Laszlo Goerke (), Jose Maria Millan () and Concepción Román

No 7936, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: 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.

Keywords: European Community Household Panel; family employees; absenteeism; work effort (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 J22 M50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 13 pages
Date: 2014-01
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Published in: Economics Letters, 2014, 123 (1), 94-99

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