Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/85504
Authors: 
de Kok, Jan M.P.
Year of Publication: 
1997
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 97-126/3
Abstract: 
Involuntary absence is often seen as an exogenous factor, but firms can take actions to reduceit. In this paper the notion that firms, especially SMEs, are faced with a single decisionwhether or not to undertake these actions is questioned. A firm model on involuntary absencemeasures is constructed and estimated in which four successive steps are distinguished. Itturns out that this model is supported by the data. Furthermore a clear firm-size effect exists.Larger firms tend to take more precautionary actions than small firms because they havemore attention for work- and health-related topics in general and more easily recognise theinfluence they can exert on the level of involuntary absence.
Subjects: 
involuntary absenteeism
precautionary measures
SME
JEL: 
J28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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