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Moral hazard among the sick and unemployed: evidence from a Swedish social insurance reform

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  • Caroline Hall

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  • Laura Hartman

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This paper looks at a specific type of moral hazard that arises in the interplay between two large public insurance systems in Sweden, namely the sickness insurance (SI) and the unemployment insurance (UI). Moral hazard can arise from the benefit size structure as for some unemployed persons, benefits from the SI are higher than benefits from the UI. We use a reform of the SI system that came in force 1 July, 2003, to identify the effect of economic incentives arising from the different benefit sizes. Our results from a duration analysis show clearly that the higher the benefits, the larger the probability of reporting sick.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Empirical Economics.

Volume (Year): 39 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (August)
Pages: 27-50

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Keywords: Unemployment insurance; Sickness insurance; Health; Duration analysis;

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  1. Persson, Malin, 2011. "Substitution between temporary parental leave and sickness absence," Working Paper Series 2011:19, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
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  3. Johansson, Per & Pekkarinen, Tuomas & Verho, Jouko, 2014. "Cross-border health and productivity effects of alcohol policies," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 125-136.
  4. Forslund, Anders, 2009. "Labour supply incentives, income support systems and taxes in Sweden," Working Paper Series 2009:30, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  5. Forslund, Anders & Fredriksson, Peter, 2009. "Income support systems, labour supply incentives and employment – some cross-country evidence," Working Paper Series 2009:32, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.

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