Absenteeism and Employee Sharing: An Empirical Analysis Based on French Panel Data, 1981-1991

Posted: 31 Dec 1998

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Sarah Brown

University of Sheffield - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Fathi Fakhfakh

Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas

John G. Sessions

University of Bath; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

The authors investigate the effects on absenteeism of two types of employee sharing plans--profit-sharing and employee share ownership--in 127 French firms over the years 1981-91. Both types of plans were associated with statistically significant reductions in absenteeism. Most effective was the presence of a share ownership plan by itself (not in combination with profit-sharing), which was associated with a reduction in employee absence of approximately 14%. The presence of both plans together reduced absence by about 11%, and the presence of only a profit-sharing plan reduced absence by about 7%. Among firms in which both types of plan were present, a given sharing plan reduced absence more effectively when it was introduced second than when it was introduced first; in fact, where employee share ownership already existed, the introduction of profit-sharing actually increased absence slightly.

JEL Classification: J54

Suggested Citation

Brown, Sarah and Fakhfakh, Fathi and Sessions, John G., Absenteeism and Employee Sharing: An Empirical Analysis Based on French Panel Data, 1981-1991. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, January 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=137530

Sarah Brown

University of Sheffield - Department of Economics

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Fathi Fakhfakh

Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas ( email )

France

John G. Sessions (Contact Author)

University of Bath ( email )

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Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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