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  • Olsson, Martin

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    (Stockholm University, Department of Economics)

  • Skogman Thoursie, Peter

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    (IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation)

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This paper investigates whether the partner’s social insurance coverage affects spousal labor supply. Using a reform which increased the sickness insurance coverage for non-government workers, the spousal elasticity of sick days with respect to the partner’s benefit is estimated to 0.4. Additional analysis indicates that the partner’s insurance coverage is partly affecting spousal labor supply through an insurance effect and the overall effect is particularly large among low income families. Joint leisure is not found to have an effect on the overall effect. We conclude that spouses pool their supply of la-bor. Thus if policy evaluations ignore spousal interactions they will underestimate the effect.

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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 2010:3.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 05 Mar 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2010_003

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Keywords: Spousal labor supply; spill-over; social insurance programs;

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