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

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  • Larsson, Laura

    (SNS - Studieförbundet Näringsliv och Samhälle)

  • Runeson, Caroline

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    (Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation)

Abstract

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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Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2007:8.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 14 Mar 2007
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Publication status: Published as Hartman, Laura and Caroline Hall, 'Moral hazard among the sick and unemployed: evidence from a Swedish social insurance reform' in Empirical Economics, 2010, pages 27-50.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2007_008

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Keywords: Unemployment insurance; sickness insurance; health; duration analysis; discrete hazard models;

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  1. 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.
  2. Per Johansson & Erica Lindahl, 2013. "Can sickness absence be affected by information meetings? Evidence from a social experiment," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 44(3), pages 1673-1695, June.
  3. Johansson, Per & Pekkarinen, Tuomas & Verho, Jouko, 2012. "Cross-border health and productivity effects of alcohol policies," Working Paper Series 2012:10, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  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. 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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