Department of Economics and Business Economics

Morten Berg Jensen

The influence of managers' and colleagues' absence on public employee absence

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Background: The level of absence is higher in the public sector than in the private sector both internationally and in a Danish context (e.g. The Confederation of Danish Employers, 2002, Winkelmann, 1999).

However, little economic research is conducted to understand determinants of absence among public sector employees (De Paola, 2010).

Research on the effect of managers’ own absence on their employees’ absence is scarce (Kristensen et al., 2006, Løkke, 2008) and so is the effect of colleagues’ absence in a large scale (Bradley et al., 2007, Dale-Olsen et al., 2010, Hesselius et al., 2009). To date, research on the simultaneous effect of managers’ and colleagues’ absence behavior does not exist.
The most acknowledged literature on absence (e.g., Steers and Rhodes, 1978) concludes that absence is influenced by many determinants; this makes it relevant to control for gender, age etc.

Aim: The aim of this study is to identify the effect of managers’ and colleagues’ absence on employee absence in the public sector.

Method: We use register data from a large Danish municipality including 8000 employees. We use multilevel analysis to explain the number of periods of absence due to sickness.

Results and Conclusion: To appear.
Original languageDanish
Title of host publicationSymposium i Anvendt Statistik
Number of pages9
Publication year26 Jan 2015
Pages180-189
ISBN (print)978-87-501-2171-8
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2015

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