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Title:Sickness absence and local benefit cultures PDF Logo
Authors:Lindbeck, Assar
Palme, Mårten
Persson, Mats
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6245
Abstract:In many countries, sickness absence financed by generous insurance benefits has become an important concern in the policy debate. It turns out that there are strong variations in absence behavior between local geographical areas, and it has been difficult to explain these variations by observable socioeconomic factors. In this paper we investigate whether such variation is related to group effects in the form of social interaction among individuals within neighborhoods. Well-known methodological problems arise when trying to answer such a question. A special feature of our attempt to deal with these problems is that we adopt several alternative approaches to identify group effects. We base the study on a rich set of Swedish panel data, and we find indications of group effects in each one of our approaches.
Subjects:sick-pay insurance
work absence
moral hazard
reflection problem
social norms
JEL:H56
I38
J22
Z13
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201203014815
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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