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Are Married Spouses Insured by their Partners’ Social Insurance?

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  • Olsson, Martin

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

  • Skogman Thoursie, Peter

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

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We use a Swedish sickness insurance reform to show that among married couples a partner’s benefit level affects spousal labour supply. The spousal elasticity of sick days with respect to the partner’s benefit is estimated to be 0.4, which is about one-fourth of the own labor supply elasticity. It is argued the main part of this effect is an insurance income effect.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2010:27.

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Length: 7 pages
Date of creation: 09 Dec 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2010_0027

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Keywords: Spousal labor supply; spill-over; social insurance programs;

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  1. Edin, P.-A. & Fredriksson, P., 2000. "LINDA - Longitudinal INdividual DAta for Sweden," Papers 2000-19, Uppsala - Working Paper Series.
  2. David H. Autor & Mark G. Duggan, 2007. "Distinguishing Income from Substitution Effects in Disability Insurance," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 97(2), pages 119-124, May.
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  4. Cullen, Julie Berry & Gruber, Jonathan, 2000. "Does Unemployment Insurance Crowd Out Spousal Labor Supply?," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 18(3), pages 546-72, July.
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