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Long-Term Absenteeism From Work: Disentangling the Impact of Sector, Occupational Groups and Gender

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Absenteeism is critical to organizational performance. Although absenteeism is higher in the public than in the private sector, surprisingly little public administration research has studied this topic. We investigate and test potential explanations for these differences: is it because the public sector employs more women and occupational groups that have higher absence? Using register data, we find that for six out of seven occupational groups long-term absenteeism is more likely for public than for private sector employees; generally, this is true for both genders. We discuss potential explanations and future avenues for investigating these sector differences.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
Pages (from-to)628-641
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Sector difference, absenteeism, gender, occupational groups

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