Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/78653
Authors: 
Hesselius, Patrik
Johansson, Per
Larsson, Laura
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2005:15
Abstract: 
The paper exploits a unique social experiment carried out in 1988 in Sweden to identify the effect of monitoring on sickness absence. The treatment consists of postponing the first formal point of monitoring during a sickness absence spell, a requirement for a doctor’s certificate, from day eight to day fifteen. The experiment was conducted in two geographical areas, and the treatment group was randomized by birth date. The results show strong effects on sickness absence duration from extending the waiting period in both areas. On average, the durations increased by 6.6 percent. No effect on incidence of sickness absence is found. A heterogeneity analysis reveals that monitoring affects men more than women.
Subjects: 
Absenteeism
sickness insurance
monitoring
social experiment
JEL: 
H55
I18
J22
J28
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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