Gender differences in sickness absence and the gender division of family responsibilities
AbstractThis study investigates possible reasons for the gender difference in sickness absence. We estimate both short- and long-term effects of parenthood in a within-couple analysis based on the timing of parenthood. We find that after entering parenthood, women increase their sickness absence by between 0.5 days per month (during the child's third year) and 0.85 days per month (during year 17) more than their spouse. By investigating possible explanations for the observed effect, we conclude that the effect mainly stems from higher home commitment, which reduces women's labour market attachment and, in turn, increases female sickness absence.
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Date of creation: 17 Apr 2013
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Double burden; health investment; household work; labour market work; moral hazard; parenthood; sickness insurance; work absence;
Other versions of this item:
- Angelov, Nikolay & Johansson, Per & Lindahl, Erica, 2013. "Gender differences in sickness absence and the gender division of family responsibilities," Working Paper Series, Center for Labor Studies 2013:5, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
- Angelov, Nikolay & Johansson, Per & Lindahl, Erica, 2013. "Gender Differences in Sickness Absence and the Gender Division of Family Responsibilities," IZA Discussion Papers 7379, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
- D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
- I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other
- J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2013-05-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEM-2013-05-05 (Demographic Economics)
- NEP-HEA-2013-05-05 (Health Economics)
- NEP-HRM-2013-05-05 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-IAS-2013-05-05 (Insurance Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2013-05-05 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-LMA-2013-05-05 (Labor Markets - Supply, Demand, & Wages)
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