Age and Absenteeism

Pekka Ilmakunnas*, Jan Van Ours, Vegard Skirbekk, Matthias Weiss

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgeing, Health, and Productivity
Subtitle of host publicationThe Economics of Increased Life Expectancy
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191595370
ISBN (Print)9780199587131
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


  • Absenteeism
  • Diversity
  • Team size
  • Work team
  • Working conditions

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