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Part-Time Sick Leave as a Treatment Method?

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  • Andrén, Daniela

    () (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Andrén, Thomas

    () (National Institute of Economic Research)

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This paper analyzes the effects of being on part-time sick leave compared to full-time sick leave on the probability of recovering (i.e., returning to work with full recovery of lost work capacity). Using a discrete choice one-factor model, we estimate mean treatment parameters and distributional treatment parameters from a common set of structural parameters. Our results show that part-time sick leave increases the likelihood of recovering and dominates full-time sick leave for sickness spells of 150 days or longer. For these long spells, the probability of recovering increases by 10 percentage points.

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  • Andrén, Daniela & Andrén, Thomas, 2008. "Part-Time Sick Leave as a Treatment Method?," Working Papers in Economics 320, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    part-time sick leave; selection; unobserved heterogeneity; treatment effects;

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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy

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