The effects of unemployment and the business cycle on absenteeism

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This study, apparently the first of its kind, looks at the relation between unemployment and absenteeism. It is hypothesized that high unemployment is associated with low absenteeism for two reasons: (1) when unemployment is high, layoffs are high and workers laid off are more likely to have been absence-prone than retained workers, and (2) when unemployment is high, currently employed workers, fearing job loss, will avoid absences to decrease their chances of becoming unemployed. Data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics support both hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-170
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Economics and Business
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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