Employment protection, threat and incentive effects on worker absence

Bradley, Steve and Green, Colin and Leeves, Gareth (2014) Employment protection, threat and incentive effects on worker absence. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 52 (2). pp. 333-358. ISSN 0007-1080

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This article provides new evidence on the effect of changes in employment protection on worker absence. We use novel multi-organization data to examine changes in worker absence as workers move from temporary to permanent employment contracts. We demonstrate a robust positive effect of employment protection on sickness absence. It has also been suggested that the impact of employment protection on absence and effort is due to a fear of dismissal. We also provide evidence that suggests that temporary workers' absence is influenced by incentives to attain jobs with protection that is unrelated to threat of dismissal. This has not been considered in earlier research. This channel of employment protection effects has important policy implications.

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British Journal of Industrial Relations
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