Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/51843
Authors: 
Markussen, Simen
Mykletun, Arnstein
Røed, Knut
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5343
Abstract: 
Can activation requirements control moral hazard problems in public sickness absence insurance and accelerate recovery? Based on empirical analysis of Norwegian data, we show that it can. Activation requirements not only bring down benefit claims, they also reduce the likelihood that long-term sickness absence leads to inactivity. Our findings show that absentees who are issued graded (partial) absence certificates by their physician have shorter absences and higher subsequent employment rates than they would have had on regular sick leave. We conclude that the activation strategies that in recent years have permeated European and US welfare policy may fruitfully be carried over to sick leave insurance.
Subjects: 
sick leave
disability
activation
workfare
JEL: 
C26
I18
I38
J48
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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