Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/80592
Authors: 
Angelov, Nikolay
Johansson, Per-Olov
Lindahl, Erica
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7379
Abstract: 
This study investigates possible reasons for the gender difference in sickness absence. We estimate both short- and long-term effects of parenthood in a within-couple analysis based on the timing of parenthood. We find that after entering parenthood, women increase their sickness absence by between 0.5 days per month (during the child's third year) and 0.85 days per month (during year 17) more than their spouse. By investigating possible explanations for the observed effect, we conclude that the effect mainly stems from higher home commitment, which reduces women's labour market attachment and, in turn, increases female sickness absence.
Subjects: 
double burden
health investment
household work
labour market work
moral hazard
parenthood
sickness insurance
work absence
JEL: 
C23
D13
I19
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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