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Title:Monitoring and norms in sickness insurance: Empirical evidence from a natural experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Hesselius, Patrik
Johansson, Per
Vikström, Johan
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Working paper // IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2008:8
Abstract:We test if social work norms are important for work absence due to self-perceived sick-ness. To this end, we use a randomized social experiment designed to estimate the effect of monitoring on work absence. The treated were exposed to less monitoring of their eligibility to use sickness insurance, which increased their non-monitored work absence. Based on a difference in differences analysis, we find that the not directly treated also increased their absence as a result of the experiment. By using an instrumental variables estimator, we find significant endogenous social interaction effects. A 10 per cent exogenous shock in work absence would lead to an immediate 5.7 per cent decrease in the hazard out of sickness absence: the long-run effect is calculated as a 13.3 per cent decrease in the corresponding hazard.
Subjects:Work norms
social insurance
social interactions
sickness absence
JEL:Z13
J22
C14
C23
C41
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

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