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Sickness Absence and Local Benefit Cultures
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. IZA, Bonn, Germany.
Number of Authors: 3
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, ISSN 0347-0520, E-ISSN 1467-9442, Vol. 118, no 1, 49-78 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In many countries, sickness absence financed by generous insurance benefits is an important concern in the policy debate. There are strong variations in absence behavior among local geographical areas. Such variations are difficult to explain in terms of observable socioeconomic factors. In this paper, we investigate whether such variations are related to group effects in the form of social interaction among individuals within neighborhoods. Well-known methodological problems arise when trying to answer this question. A special feature of our efforts to deal with these problems is that we adopt several alternative approaches to identify group effects. Our study is based on a rich set of Swedish panel data, and we find indications of group effects in each of our approaches.

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2016. Vol. 118, no 1, 49-78 p.
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Income insurance, neighborhood effects, sickness absence, sick-pay, social norms
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-129976DOI: 10.1111/sjoe.12131ISI: 000372923800003OAI: diva2:926574
Available from: 2016-05-09 Created: 2016-05-09 Last updated: 2016-05-09Bibliographically approved

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