Schedule Flexibility, Family Friendly Policies and Absence


Using establishment data, we show a strong association between flexible

schedules and reduced absence rates even after controlling for other family

friendly policies also thought to reduce absence. The evidence suggests

that the other polices, financial support for caregivers and family leave for

caregivers, play a weaker role in explaining absence. The primacy of the

role of schedule flexibility remains in a variety of robustness exercises

including an effort to account for endogeneity. The size of the influence

also shows heterogeneity as it emerges as larger in female dominated

workplaces. The estimates help to inform current policy deliberations.?

Publication Information
Article Title: Schedule Flexibility, Family Friendly Policies and Absence
Journal: The Manchester School (2014)
Author(s): Miller, Laurie A;  John S. Heywood,
Researcher Information
Miller, Laurie A
Miller, Laurie A
Associate Professor of Practice in Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Labor Economics
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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