Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/141626
Authors: 
Pichler, Stefan
Ziebarth, Nicolas R.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9867
Abstract: 
This paper exploits temporal and spatial variation in the implementation of US sick pay mandates to assess their labor market consequences. We use the Synthetic Control Group Method (SCGM) and the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) to estimate the causal effect of mandated sick leave on employment and wages. Our findings do not provide much evidence that employment or wages were significantly affected by the mandates which typically allow employees to earn one hour of paid sick leave per work week, up to seven days per year. Joint tests for all treatment regions let us exclude, with 90% statistical probability, that wages decreased by more than 1% as a result of the mandates. With 92% probability, we can exclude that employment decreased by more than 1%.
Subjects: 
sick pay mandates
sick leave
medical leave
employer mandates
employment
wages
synthetic control group
United States
Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)
JEL: 
I12
I13
I18
J22
J28
J32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
1.06 MB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.