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Sick listing—Partly a family phenomenon?

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  • Andersson, Fredrik W.
  • Bokenblom, Mattias
  • Brantingson, Staffan
  • Brännström, Susanne Gullberg
  • Wall, Johan
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    Being sick listed is not always identical to being ill; it is rather a behaviour associated with illness. In this paper we have analysed whether there is a higher risk of becoming sick listed if a family member has been sick listed earlier—partly a family phenomenon. This aspect of sick listing has never been investigated before. Our results indicate that an individual's risk of being sick listed in 2007 was higher if he/she had family members who had been sick listed in 2006. This may be a sign for an existing “sick listing culture”—social norms within families.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics).

    Volume (Year): 40 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 496-502

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:soceco:v:40:y:2011:i:5:p:496-502

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    Keywords: Sick listing; Social norms; Family members; Family phenomenon;

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    1. Josephson, Malin & Karnehed, Nina & Lindahl, Erica & Persson, Helena, 2013. "Intergenerational transmission of long-term sick leave," Working Paper Series 2013:19, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.

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