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Age and Absenteeism

Pekka Ilmakunnas, Jan van Ours, Vegard Skirbekk and Matthias Weiss

in Ageing, Health, and Productivity

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199587131
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595370 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587131.003.0012
Age and Absenteeism

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This chapter explores absenteeism using two different kinds of data. One is a unique data set of workers in a German truck assembly plant where the chapter identifies workers who work together in a team on a daily basis. Thus, the chapter is able to relate the probability of absence of a worker to characteristics of the work team. Characteristics of the work team in this study include team size, and measures of diversity with respect to age, nationality, education, and age. The second data set is a Finnish survey based on a representative sample of persons in paid employment. Besides working conditions, personal characteristics, and work experience, it includes information on the number and duration absences.

Keywords: work team; team size; diversity; working conditions; absenteeism

Chapter.  5811 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics

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