Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/111039
Authors: 
Chadi, Adrian
Goerke, Laszlo
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IAAEU Discussion Paper Series in Economics 04/2015
Abstract: 
Economists often interpret absenteeism as an indicator of effort. Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) study, this paper offers a comprehensive discussion of this view by analysing various forms of job mobility. The evidence reveals a significantly negative (positive) link between sickness-related absence and the probability of a subsequent promotion (dismissal). In line with the interpretation of absenteeism as a proxy for effort, instrumental variable analyses suggest no causal impact of absence behaviour on the likelihood of such career events when variation in illness-related absence is triggered exogenously. We observe no consistent gender differences in the link between absence and subsequent career events.
Subjects: 
dismissal
gender difference
German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP)
instrumental variables
job mobility
promotion
sickness-related absence
JEL: 
J16
J22
J63
M51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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