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New Evidence on the Determinants of Absenteeism Using Linked Employer-Employee Data

Georges Dionne and Benoit Dostie ()

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Abstract: In this paper, we provide new evidence on the determinants of absenteeism using the Workplace Employee Survey (WES) 1999-2002 from Statistics Canada. Our paper extends the typical labour-leisure model used to analyze the decision to skip work to include firm-level policy variables relevant to the absenteeism decision and uncerainty about the cost of absenteeism. It also provides a non-linear econometric model that explicitly takes into account the count nature of absenteeism data and unobserved heterogeneity at both the individual and firm level. Controlling for very detailed demographic, job and firm characteristics (including workplace practices), we find that dissatisfaction with contracted hours is a significant determinant of absence.

Keywords: Absenteeism; Linked Employer-Employee Data; Unobserved Heterogeneity; Count Data Models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J22 J29 C23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2005
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