Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/150790
Authors: 
Ziebarth, Nicolas R.
Karlsson, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 244
Abstract: 
This study estimates the reform effects of a reduction in statutory sick pay levels on various outcome dimensions. A federal law reduced the legal obligation of German employers to provide 100 percent continued wages for up to six weeks per sickness episode to 80 percent. This measure increased the ratio of employees having no days of absence by about 7.5 percent. The mean number of absence days per year decreased by about 5 percent. The reform might have reduced total labor costs by about €1.5 billion per year which might have led to the creation of around 50,000 new jobs.
JEL: 
H51
I18
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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