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Job Security and Work Absence: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

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  • Lindbeck, Assar

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    (Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University)

  • Palme, Mårten

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

  • Persson, Mats

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    (Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University)

Abstract

We analyze the consequences for sickness absence of a selective softening of job security legislation for small firms in Sweden in 2001. According to our differences-in-difference estimates, aggregate absence in these firms fell by 0.2-0.3 days per year. This aggregate net figure hides important effects on different groups of employees. Workers remaining in the reform firms after the reform reduced their absence by about one day. People with a high absence record tended to leave reform firms, but these firms also became less reluctant to hire people with a record of high absence.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2006:3.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 24 Feb 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2006_0003

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Keywords: Seniority rules; sick pay insurance; firing costs; moral hazard;

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  1. Ziebarth, Nicolas R., 2013. "Long-term absenteeism and moral hazard—Evidence from a natural experiment," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 277-292.
  2. Vincenzo Scoppa & Daniela Vuri, 2012. "Absenteeism, Unemployment And Employment Protection Legislation: Evidence From Italy," Working Papers 201208, Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza (Ex Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica).
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