Labor Market Institutions and Individual Absenteeism in the European Union: The Relative Importance of Sickness Benefit Systems and Employment Protection Legislation

25 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2008

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Bernd Frick

University of Paderborn - Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Business Computing

Miguel A. Malo

University of Salamanca - Department of Economics and Economic History

Abstract

In this article, we analyze the determinants of individual absenteeism focusing on the strictness of employment protection and the generosity of sickness benefits. The data come from the European Survey on Working Conditions launched in 2000. Due to its coverage (the EU-14), the data enable us to identify the relative importance of the institutional framework for explaining differences in absence behavior across nations. Our results reveal that, first, employment protection does not influence the number of absence days while sickness benefits increase absenteeism. And, second, the impact of the institutional framework is smaller than that of some individual worker characteristics.

Suggested Citation

Frick, Bernd and Malo, Miguel A., Labor Market Institutions and Individual Absenteeism in the European Union: The Relative Importance of Sickness Benefit Systems and Employment Protection Legislation. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 47, Issue 4, pp. 505-529, October 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1266933 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2008.00533.x

Bernd Frick

University of Paderborn - Faculty of Business Administration, Economics and Business Computing ( email )

Warburger Str. 100
D-33098 Paderborn
Germany

Miguel A. Malo

University of Salamanca - Department of Economics and Economic History ( email )

Salamanca, 37008
Spain

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