Closing the Gates? Evidence from a Natural Experiment on Physicians' Sickness Certification
AbstractThis paper exploits a Norwegian physician directed reform aimed to reduce sick-leave. Physicians were required to consider part-time sick-leave as the default treatment and – in the case of long lasting full-time sick-leave – to file a report documenting why the worker was unable to perform any work related activities. The reform had a large impact, reducing sick-leave by 18.8 percent. The main effect came from reduced spell duration – which can be directly linked to the extended documentation requirement laid on physicians within the first 8 weeks of a sick-leave spell. Physician-directed policies may be an (cost-) effective way of reducing sick-leave.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 19/2009.
Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 30 Mar 2009
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Labor market policies; sick-leave; physicians’ gate keeping;
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- Markussen, Simen & Røed, Knut, 2012. "Social Insurance Networks," IZA Discussion Papers 6446, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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