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Part-Time Sick Leave as a Treatment Method?

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  • Andrén, Daniela

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    (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Andrén, Thomas

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    (National Institute of Economic Research)

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This paper analyzes the effects of being on part-time sick leave compared to full-time sick leave on the probability of recovering (i.e., returning to work with full recovery of lost work capacity). Using a discrete choice one-factor model, we estimate mean treatment parameters and distributional treatment parameters from a common set of structural parameters. Our results show that part-time sick leave increases the likelihood of recovering and dominates full-time sick leave for sickness spells of 150 days or longer. For these long spells, the probability of recovering increases by 10 percentage points.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 320.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 09 Oct 2008
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0320

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Keywords: part-time sick leave; selection; unobserved heterogeneity; treatment effects;

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