Absence from Work of the Self‐Employed: A Comparison with Paid Employees

23 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2014

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Daniel S. J. Lechmann

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg-Friedrich Alexander Universität Erlangen Nürnberg

Claus Schnabel

University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: August 2014

Abstract

Using a large representative data set for Germany, this study contrasts absenteeism of self‐employed individuals and paid employees by estimating hurdle models. We find that absence from work is clearly less prevalent among the self‐employed than among paid employees. Only to a small extent, this difference can be traced back to differences in health status and job satisfaction. Furthermore, the gap in absenteeism does not seem to be driven by different behaviour in case of sickness as we find no clear difference in the prevalence of presenteeism between the two groups. We suspect that different behaviour in case of healthiness plays a role, highlighting potential shirking and moral hazard problems in paid employment.

Suggested Citation

Lechmann, Daniel S. J. and Schnabel, Claus, Absence from Work of the Self‐Employed: A Comparison with Paid Employees (August 2014). Kyklos, Vol. 67, Issue 3, pp. 368-390, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2461936 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/kykl.12059

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