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The Effects of Sick-Leaves on Earnings

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  • Markussen, Simen

    (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research)

This paper assesses the causal effect of sick-leaves on subsequent earnings using an administrative dataset for Norway linking individual earnings, sick-leave records and primary care physicians. The leniency of a worker's physician - certifying sickness absence - is used as instrument for sick-leaves. Sick-leaves have a substantial impact on future earnings, reducing earnings by .3 percent per day of absence. When conditioning on full-time employment also two years after sickness the effect is .06 percent per day of absence. These effects are persistent over time and work mainly through wages not hours.

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Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 20/2009.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 30 Jun 2009
Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2009_020
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