Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89920
Authors: 
Lechmann, Daniel S. J.
Schnabel, Claus
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7756
Abstract: 
Utilising a large representative data set for Germany, this study contrasts absenteeism of self-employed individuals and paid employees. We find that absence from work is clearly less prevalent among the self-employed than among paid employees. Only to a small extent, this difference can be traced back to differences in health status and job satisfaction. Furthermore, the gap in absenteeism is apparently not driven by different behaviour in case of sickness as we find no difference in the prevalence of presenteeism between the two groups. We suspect that different behaviour in case of healthiness plays a role, highlighting potential shirking and moral hazard problems in paid employment.
Subjects: 
absenteeism
Germany
self-employed
sick leave
JEL: 
I19
J22
J23
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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