Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141530
Authors: 
Rehwald, Kai
Rosholm, Michael
Rouland, Benedicte
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9771
Abstract: 
Using data from a large-scale randomized controlled trial conducted in Danish job centers, this paper investigates the effects of an intensification of mandatory return-to-work activities on the subsequent labor market outcomes for sick-listed workers. Using variations in local treatment strategies, both between job centers and between randomly assigned treatment and control groups within a given job center, we compare the relative effectiveness of alternative interventions. Our results show that the use of partial sick leave increases the length of time spent in regular employment and non-reliance on benefits, and also reduces the time spent in unemployment. Traditional active labor market programs and the use of paramedical care appear to have no effect at all, or even an adverse effect.
Subjects: 
long-term sickness
vocational rehabilitation
treatment effects
randomized controlled trial
JEL: 
J68
C93
I18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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