How are work-related characteristics linked to sickness absence and presenteeism? Theory and data
Daniel Arnold and
Marco De Pinto
No 15-077, ZEW Discussion Papers from ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research
This paper investigates how changes in work-related factors affect workers' 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 definition. Since workrelated factors affect presenteeism through these two channels, nonsubstitutive 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; workrelated characteristics; health at work (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I1 J22 J28 M50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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