Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/107651
Authors: 
Arnold, Daniel
Brändle, Tobias
Goerke, Laszlo
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IAW-Diskussionspapiere 107
Abstract: 
Using both household and linked employer-employee data for Germany, we assess the effects of non-union 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. We observe a more pronounced correlation in western Germany which can also be interpreted causally. Further, personnel problems due to absence are more likely to occur in plants with a works council.
Subjects: 
absenteeism
LIAB
personnel problems
sickness absence
SOEP
works councils
JEL: 
J53
I18
M54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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