Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/122190
Authors: 
Arnold, Daniel
De Pinto, Marco
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 15-077
Abstract: 
This paper investigates how changes in work-related factors affect workers' absence and presenteeism behavior. Previous studies (implicitly) assume that there is a substitutive relationship, i.e. a change in a work-related factor decreases the level of absence and simultaneously increases presenteeism (or vice versa). We set up a theoretical model in which work-related characteristics not only affect a worker's absence decision but also the individual-specific sickness definition. Since workrelated factors affect presenteeism through these two channels, nonsubstitutive relationships between absence and presenteeism are also conceivable. Using European cross-sectional data, we find only few substitutive and complementary relationships, while the bulk of the work-related characteristics is related only to one of the two sickness states.
Subjects: 
sickness absence
presenteeism
annual duration
workrelated characteristics
health at work
JEL: 
J22
J28
I1
M50
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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