How are Work-Related Characteristics Linked to Sickness Absence and Presenteeism? – Theory and Data

37 Pages Posted: 6 Dec 2015

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Daniel Arnold

University of Trier

Marco de Pinto

University of Applied Labour Studies

Date Written: October 2015

Abstract

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 work-related factors affect presenteeism through these two channels, non-substitutive 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, work-related characteristics, health at work

JEL Classification: 22, J28, I1, M50

Suggested Citation

Arnold, Daniel and de Pinto, Marco, How are Work-Related Characteristics Linked to Sickness Absence and Presenteeism? – Theory and Data (October 2015). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 15-077, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2699131 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2699131

Daniel Arnold (Contact Author)

University of Trier ( email )

15, Universitaetsring
Trier, 54286
Germany

Marco De Pinto

University of Applied Labour Studies ( email )

Seckenheimer Landstr. 16
Mannheim, 68163
Germany

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