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The effect of work absence on wages and wage gaps in Sweden

  • JÃrgen Hansen

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    (IZA, P.O.Box 7240, D-53072 Bonn, Germany)

We use unique information about short-term absence from the labor market among Swedish employees to investigate the potential wage loss attributed to this type of absence. A reform in the Swedish health insurance system was used as an instrument. The results indicate that women's wages are significantly reduced by work absence due to own sickness, while absence to care for a sick child has no significant wage effect. For men, we find no support for effects on wages from short-term absence. We also show that the distribution of the gender wage gap depends to a large extent on work absence.

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Volume (Year): 13 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 45-55

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:13:y:2000:i:1:p:45-55
Note: Received: 29 September 1998/Accepted: 16 April 1999
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