Work Absence - A Signalling Factor for Temporary Workers?

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This paper investigates whether low levels of absence increase the probability of permanent employment and reduce that of unemployment for Swedish temporary workers. We investigate two reasons for absence: worker sickness and sickness of a dependent child. Using a competing risk estimation model, we find that sick leave reduces the probability of permanent employment for women and increases the probability of unemployment for men. Absence due to child sickness increases the risk of unemployment for women. Although the influence of sick leave varies substantially among different temporary jobs, replacement and probation workers are generally the most affected.


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  • Economics
  • Economic History
Original languageEnglish
JournalLabour: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch