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Title:Closing the gates? Evidence from a natural experiment on physicians' sickness certification PDF Logo
Authors:Markussen, Simen
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Memorandum // Department of Economics, University of Oslo 2009,19
Abstract:This paper exploits a Norwegian physician directed reform aimed to reduce sick-leave. Physicians were required to consider part-time sick-leave as the default treatment and - in the case of long lasting full-time sick-leave - to file a report documenting why the worker was unable to perform any work related activities. The reform had a large impact, reducing sick-leave by 18.8 percent. The main effect came from reduced spell duration - which can be directly linked to the extended documentation requirement laid on physicians within the first 8 weeks of a sick-leave spell. Physician-directed policies may be an (cost-) effective way of reducing sick-leave.
Subjects:Labor market policies
sick-leave
physicians' gate keeping
JEL:H53
I18
J28
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo

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