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Job Security and Work Absence: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

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  • Assar Lindbeck
  • Marten Palme
  • Mats Persson

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We analyze the consequences for sickness absence of a selective softening of job security legislation for small firms in Sweden in 2001. According to our differences-in-difference estimates, aggregate absence in these firms fell by 0.2-0.3 days per year. This aggregate net figure hides important effects on different groups of employees. Workers remaining in the reform firms after the reform reduced their absence by about one day. People with a high absence record tended to leave reform firms, but these firms also became less reluctant to hire people with a record of high absence.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1687.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1687

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Keywords: seniority rules; sick pay insurance; firing costs; moral hazard;

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  1. Nicolas R. Ziebarth, 2009. "Long-Term Absenteeism and Moral Hazard: Evidence from a Natural Experiment," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 888, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  2. Jahangir Khan & Clas Rehnberg, 2009. "Perceived job security and sickness absence: a study on moral hazard," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer, vol. 10(4), pages 421-428, October.
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