Absence from Work, Sick Pay and Positional Consumption Concerns

25 Pages Posted: 4 May 2019

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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: June 2019

Abstract

We analyse labour supply and absence from work choices, assuming that individual preferences exhibit relative consumption concerns. We show that contractual hours and the length of absence periods may vary equally with the strength of positional considerations. In this case, positional concerns do not affect their difference, i.e. overall or effective working time. Moreover, the nature and intensity of relative consumption effects influence the impact of sick pay and of true illness periods on contractual work hours and absence behaviour. Consequently, the profitability of employing individuals also varies with the strength of their positional concerns.

Suggested Citation

Goerke, Laszlo, Absence from Work, Sick Pay and Positional Consumption Concerns (June 2019). LABOUR, Vol. 33, Issue 2, pp. 187-211, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3382467 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/labr.12144

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