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The Importance of Sickness Benefits Rights for a Comparison of Wages

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  • Selén, Jan

    (Trade Union Institute for Economic Research (FIEF))

  • Ståhlberg, Ann-Charlotte

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    (Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University)

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    In a total wage concept we include fringe benefits and earnings-related insurance rights, in addition to money wage. Sickness benefit rights are an important part of insurance rights in many industrial countries. In this paper we analyse sickness benefit insurance rights and estimate their importance compared to money wage, as well as for wage differentials and wage dispersion for Sweden. The estimation of money value for the sickness benefit rights requires data on absences due to sickness, data not readily available since the first part of a sickness period is handled by the employer. Data from registers and interview data from different surveys are combined in order to describe sickness behaviour and sickness remuneration of different occupational groups.

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    Paper provided by Swedish Institute for Social Research in its series Working Paper Series with number 1/2002.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: 01 Jun 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:sofiwp:2002_001

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    Keywords: Absenteeism; Non-wage benefits; Occupational insurance; Social insurance; Sickness benefit insurance.;

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