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The Importance of Sickness Benefits Rights for a Comparison of Wages

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  • Selén, Jan

    (Trade Union Institute for Economic Research (FIEF))

  • Ståhlberg, Ann-Charlotte

    () (Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University)

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In a total wage concept we include fringe benefits and earnings-related insurance rights, in addition to money wage. Sickness benefit rights are an important part of insurance rights in many industrial countries. In this paper we analyse sickness benefit insurance rights and estimate their importance compared to money wage, as well as for wage differentials and wage dispersion for Sweden. The estimation of money value for the sickness benefit rights requires data on absences due to sickness, data not readily available since the first part of a sickness period is handled by the employer. Data from registers and interview data from different surveys are combined in order to describe sickness behaviour and sickness remuneration of different occupational groups.

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  • Selén, Jan & Ståhlberg, Ann-Charlotte, 2001. "The Importance of Sickness Benefits Rights for a Comparison of Wages," Working Paper Series 1/2002, Stockholm University, Swedish Institute for Social Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:sofiwp:2002_001
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    Keywords

    Absenteeism; Non-wage benefits; Occupational insurance; Social insurance; Sickness benefit insurance.;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • J32 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Retirement Plans; Private Pensions
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy

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