Interaction of Job Disamenities, Job Satisfaction, and Sickness Absences: Evidence from a Representative Sample of Finnish Workers

Labour Institute for Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 224

32 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2006

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Petri Bockerman

Labour Institute for Economic Research; University of Turku - Turku School of Economics

Pekka Ilmakunnas

Aalto University School of Business

Date Written: November 6, 2006

Abstract

This paper explores the potential role of adverse working conditions in the determination of workers' sickness absences. Our data contain detailed information on the prevalence of job disamenities at the workplace from a representative sample of Finnish workers. The results from reduced-form models reveal that workers facing adverse working conditions tend to have a greater number of sickness absences. In addition, reduced-form models clearly show that regional labour market conditions are an important determinant of sickness absences. Hence, sickness absences are more common in regions of low unemployment. Recursive models suggest that the prevalence of harms at the workplace is associated with job dissatisfaction and dissatisfaction with workers' sickness absences.

Keywords: working conditions, job satisfaction, sickness absences

JEL Classification: J28, I10

Suggested Citation

Bockerman, Petri and Ilmakunnas, Pekka, Interaction of Job Disamenities, Job Satisfaction, and Sickness Absences: Evidence from a Representative Sample of Finnish Workers (November 6, 2006). Labour Institute for Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 224, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=942889 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.942889

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