Table of Contents
Economics Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 130953, 9 pages
Research Article

An Empirical Analysis of Unpaid Leave in Taiwan

1Department of International Business, Ling Tung University, 1 Ling Tung Road, Taichung 408, Taiwan
2Department of Business Administration, Providence University, Taichung, Taiwan

Received 23 August 2014; Revised 19 October 2014; Accepted 19 October 2014; Published 12 November 2014

Academic Editor: Thanasis Stengos

Copyright © 2014 Shu-Hsi Ho and Wen-Shai Hung. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper investigates the factors influencing unpaid leave or furlough in Taiwan. The data used is from the First Social Image Survey in 2009, which focused on work situation, cross-strait relations, interpersonal trust, institutional trust, and other related issues. The sample ages are from 19 to 89. The method used is probit modelling for examining the influences on unpaid leave. The main empirical results find that older workers, people with highest educational attainment, widows and widowers, middle class workers, and workers living in eastern areas are less likely to take unpaid leave from the labour market. In particular, male Mainlander workers are more likely to take unpaid leave. Moreover, female workers with highest educational attainment, widowed, and of middle class are less likely to take unpaid leave. Finally, workers with high earnings are less likely to take unpaid leave, but female workers with high family income and female workers who are divorced or separated have a higher probability of unpaid leave.