The European Union's Labour Force Survey is available from EUROSTAT. The views expressed in this article are of the authors and any remaining errors remain their responsibility.
Unemployment, Labor Market Flexibility, and Absenteeism: A Pan-European Study
Article first published online: 18 MAR 2013
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Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Volume 52, Issue 2, pages 492–515, April 2013
How to Cite
Livanos, I. and Zangelidis, A. (2013), Unemployment, Labor Market Flexibility, and Absenteeism: A Pan-European Study. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 52: 492–515. doi: 10.1111/irel.12021
- Issue published online: 18 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 18 MAR 2013
Using micro-data from the European Union's Labour Force Survey for 28 countries this study investigates the incidence and intensity of individuals' sickness-absence behavior, and assesses the importance of labor market characteristics like unemployment and the extent of atypical contracts and second job-holding on individuals' sickness absence. The results identify that unemployment affects sickness absence through different pathways, exerting a negative effect on the probability of being absent and a positive effect on the duration of absence. In addition, the degree of second job-holding and part-time contracts in the labor market is found to be negatively related to individuals' sickness absence.