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A household model for work absence

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  • Per Johansson
  • Kurt Brafinnafis

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The economic incentives of work absence are empirically studied using a panel of Swedish blue collar workers, both men and women, that either are married or living with a spouse as married. A model for the daily absence decision is derived from standard economic utility theory. An estimable form for the annual number of absence days is obtained by considering the data generating process in some detail. The model is estimated, using the first two moments, with a generalized method of moment estimator. The panel structure of the data is explicitly considered and a positive dependence between the number of days absent in the two time periods is found for females. A 1% increase in the cost will lead to a decrease in the mean number of days absent by 1.8 and 2.7% for females and males, respectively.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 30 (1998)
Issue (Month): 11 ()
Pages: 1493-1503

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  1. Andrén, Daniela & Granlund, David, 2010. ""Waiting for the other shoe to drop": waiting for health care and duration of sick leave," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 814, Umeå University, Department of Economics.
  2. Henrekson, Magnus & Persson, Mats, 2001. "The Effects on Sick Leave of Changes in the Sickness Insurance System," Seminar Papers 697, Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies.
  3. David Granlund, 2010. "The effect of health care expenditure on sickness absence," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer, vol. 11(6), pages 555-568, December.
  4. Joao M.C. Santos Silva & Frank Windmeijer, 1999. "Two-part multiple spell models for health care demand," IFS Working Papers W99/02, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  5. Andrén, Daniela, 2004. "Why Are The Sickness Absences So Long In Sweden," Working Papers in Economics 137, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
  6. Selén, Jan & Ståhlberg, Ann-Charlotte, 2001. "The Importance of Sickness Benefits Rights for a Comparison of Wages," Working Paper Series 1/2002, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
  7. Granlund, David, 2007. "The effect of health care expenditure on sickness absence," UmeÃ¥ Economic Studies 701, Umeå University, Department of Economics, revised 13 Apr 2007.
  8. Daniela Andrén, 2003. "Sickness-related Absenteeism and Economic Incentives in Sweden: A History of Reforms," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 1(3), pages 54-60, 02.

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