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The Anatomy of Absenteeism


Simen Markussen


University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Knut Roed


Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Ole Jorgen Røgeberg


Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Simen Gaure


University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research


IZA Discussion Paper No. 4240

Abstract:     
Based on comprehensive administrative register data from Norway, we examine the determinants of sickness absence behavior; in terms of employee characteristics workplace characteristics, panel doctor characteristics, and economic conditions. The analysis is based on a novel concept of a worker's steady state sickness absence propensity, computed from a multivariate hazard rate model designed to predict the incidence and the duration of sickness absence for all workers. Key conclusions are i) that most of the cross-sectional variation in absenteeism is caused by genuine employee heterogeneity; ii) that the identity of a person's panel doctor has a significant impact on absence propensity; iii) that sickness absence insurance is frequently certified for reasons other than sickness; and iv) that the recovery rate rises enormously just prior to the exhaustion of sickness insurance benefits.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: sickness absence, multivariate hazards, MMPH, NPMLE

JEL Classification: C14, C41, H55, I18, J22

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Date posted: June 21, 2009  

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Markussen, Simen and Roed, Knut and Røgeberg, Ole Jorgen and Gaure, Simen, The Anatomy of Absenteeism. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4240. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1423356

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Simen Markussen (Contact Author)
University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research ( email )
Gaustadalleen 21
N-0317 Oslo
Norway
Knut RØED
Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research ( email )
Gaustadalleen 21
N-0349 Oslo
Norway
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany
Ole Jorgen Røgeberg
Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research ( email )
Gaustadalleen 21
N-0349 Oslo
Norway
+ 47 22 95 88 27 (Phone)
+ 47 22 95 88 25 (Fax)
Simen Gaure
University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research ( email )
Gaustadalleen 21
N-0317 Oslo
Norway
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