Family Employees and Absenteeism
10 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2013 Last revised: 11 Feb 2014
Date Written: November 11, 2013
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: absenteeism, family employees, European Community Household Panel, work effort
JEL Classification: I10, J22, M50
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