Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/82177
Authors: 
Johansson, Per
Palme, Mårten
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2002:13
Abstract: 
We analyze the effect of economic incentives on worker absenteeism, using panel data on work absence for 1990 and 1991 with a sample of 1,396 Swedish blue-collar workers. During this period Sweden implemented major reforms of both its national income replacement program for short-term sickness and income taxes. Both affected the worker's cost of missing work. Our econometric model allows for state-dependent dynamic behavior and control for unobserved heterogeneity. The latter proves to be an important consideration. We find that the cost of being absent significantly affects work absence behavior.
Subjects: 
Sickness insurance
unobserved heterogeneity
logit regression
JEL: 
J22
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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