Sickness Absence and Peer Effects -Evidence from a Swedish Municipality
AbstractIn this paper we use detailed employment records to study to what extent sickness absence among work group colleagues influences individual sickness absence. Our results indicate an overall positive peer effect. However, further analysis show peer behavior to be important for women’s sickness absence, but not for men’s, and that woman are only affected by their female co-workers. Our findings also suggest that it, on average, takes two to three years for a new employee to become influenced by the absence pattern of the work group. In light of our results, we cannot rule out the possibility of social norms being important to the individual sick leave decision.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Örebro University, School of Business in its series Working Papers with number 2007:11.
Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 26 Nov 2007
Date of revision: 19 Feb 2008
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Peer effects; sickness absence; social norms;
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