Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86690
Authors: 
van Ommeren, Jos
Gutierrez-i-Puigarnau, Eva
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 09-014/3
Abstract: 
We hypothesize, and test for, a negative effect of the length of the commute on worker’s productivity, by examining whether the commute has a positive effect on worker’s absenteeism. Our estimates for Germany indicate that commuting distance induces absenteeism with an elasticity of about 0.07. On average, absenteeism would be about 16 percent less if all workers would have a negligible commute. These results are consistent with urban efficiency wage models.
Subjects: 
absenteeism
commuting
productivity
JEL: 
R23
J22
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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