Sickness Absence and Works Councils: Evidence from German Individual and Linked Employer–Employee Data

36 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2018

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Daniel Arnold

ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Tobias Brändle

University of Tuebingen; Institute for Applied Economic Research (IAW)

Laszlo Goerke

University of Trier - Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: April 2018

Abstract

Using both household and linked employer–employee data for Germany, we assess the effects of nonunion representation in the form of works councils on (1) individual sickness absence rates and (2) a subjective measure of personnel problems due to sickness absence as perceived by a firm's management. We find that the existence of a works council is positively correlated with the incidence and the annual duration of absence. Further, personnel problems due to absence are more likely to occur in plants with a works council.

Suggested Citation

Arnold, Daniel and Brändle, Tobias and Goerke, Laszlo, Sickness Absence and Works Councils: Evidence from German Individual and Linked Employer–Employee Data (April 2018). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 57, Issue 2, pp. 260-295, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3149153 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irel.12204

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