Gender differences in preferences for health-related absences from work
AbstractWomen are on average more absent from work for health reasons than men. At the same time, they live longer. This conflicting pattern suggests that part of the gender difference in health-related absenteeism arises from differences between the genders unrelated to actual health. An overlooked explanation could be that men an women's preferences for absenteeism differ, for example because of gender differences in risk preferences. These differences may originate from the utility-maximizing of households in which women's traditional dual roles influence household decisions to invest primarily in women's health. Using detailed administrative data on sick leave, hospital visits and objective health measures we first investigate the existence of gender-specific preferences for abstenteeism and subsequently test for the household investment hypothesis. We find evidence for the existence of gender differences in preferences for absence from work, and that a non-trivial part of these preference differences can be attributed to household investments in women's health.
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Sickness absence; gender norms; health investments;
Other versions of this item:
- Avdic, Daniel & Johansson, Per, 2013. "Gender Differences in Preferences for Health-Related Absences from Work," IZA Discussion Papers 7480, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- D13 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Household Production and Intrahouse Allocation
- I13 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Insurance, Public and Private
- J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
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- NEP-ALL-2013-06-30 (All new papers)
- NEP-DEM-2013-06-30 (Demographic Economics)
- NEP-HEA-2013-06-30 (Health Economics)
- NEP-HRM-2013-06-30 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LMA-2013-06-30 (Labor Markets - Supply, Demand, & Wages)
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