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Absenteeism, Gender and the Morbidity–Mortality Paradox
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation. CINCH, Essen, Germany.; Univ Duisburg Essen, Duisburg, Germany..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Statistics. Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation. UCLS, Uppsala, Sweden.; IZA, Bonn, Germany..
2017 (English)In: Journal of applied econometrics (Chichester, England), ISSN 0883-7252, E-ISSN 1099-1255, Vol. 32, no 2, 440-462 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Women are, on average, more often absent from work for health reasons than men, but live longer. This conflicting pattern suggests that the gender absenteeism gap arises partly from factors unrelated to objective health. An overlooked explanation is that men and women might have different preferences for absenteeism due to different attitudes to, for example, risk. Using detailed administrative data on absenteeism, hospitalizations, and mortality, we evaluate the existence of gender-specific preferences for absenteeism and analyze whether these differences are socially determined. We find robust evidence of gender differences in absenteeism that cannot be explained by poorer objective health among women.

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2017. Vol. 32, no 2, 440-462 p.
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Probability Theory and Statistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-287913DOI: 10.1002/jae.2516ISI: 000397856900011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-287913DiVA: diva2:923976
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, DNR 2004-2005 2009-0826 2013-2482
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-26 Last updated: 2017-09-08Bibliographically approved

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