New Evidence on the Determinants of Absenteeism Using Linked Employer-Employee Data

HEC Montreal Working Paper No. 05-05

35 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2005

See all articles by Georges Dionne

Georges Dionne

HEC Montreal - Department of Finance

Benoit Dostie

HEC Montreal - Institute of Applied Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: June 2005

Abstract

In this paper, we provide new evidence on the determinants of absenteeism using the Workplace Employee Survey (WES) 1999-2002 from Statistics Canada. Our paper extends the typical labour-leisure model used to analyze the decision to skip work to include firm-level policy variables relevant to the absenteeism decision and uncertainty about the cost of absenteeism. It also provides a non-linear econometric model that explicitly takes into account the count nature of absenteeism data and unobserved heterogeneity at both the individual and firm level. Controlling for very detailed demographic, job and firm characteristics (including work-place practices), we find that dissatisfaction with contracted hours is a significant determinant of absence.

Keywords: Absenteeism, linked employer-employee data, unobserved heterogeneity, count data models

JEL Classification: C35, D21, J21, J28, J32, J63

Suggested Citation

Dionne, Georges and Dostie, Benoit, New Evidence on the Determinants of Absenteeism Using Linked Employer-Employee Data (June 2005). HEC Montreal Working Paper No. 05-05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=742585 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.742585

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