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Title: Poisson Models with Employer-Employee Unobserved Heterogeneity: an Application to Absence Data
Authors: Angers, Jean-François
Desjardins, Denise
Dionne, Georges
Dostie, Benoit
Guertin, François
Keywords: Absenteeism
Linked Employer-Employee Data
Employer-Employee Unobserved Heterogeneity
Count Data Models
Dirichlet Distribution
Issue Date: 2007-05
Series/Report no.: Cahiers du CIRPÉE;07-14
Abstract: We propose a parametric model based on the Poisson distribution that permits to take into account both unobserved worker and workplace heterogeneity as long as both effects are nested. By assuming that workplace and worker unobserved heterogeneity components follow a gamma and a Dirichlet distribution respectively, we obtain a closed form for the unconditional density function. We estimate the model to obtain the determinants of absenteeism using linked employer-employee Canadian data from the Workplace and Employee Survey (2003). Coefficient estimates are interpreted in the framework of the typical labor-leisure model. We show that omitting unobserved heterogeneity on either side of the employment relationship leads to notable biases in the estimated coefficients. In particular, the impact of wages on absences is underestimated in simpler models.
URI: Poisson Models with Employer-Employee Unobserved Heterogeneity: an Application to Absence Data
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