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The effect of health care expenditure on sickness absence


  • Granlund, David

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Based on data from a panel of the Swedish municipalities during 1993-2004, the effects of public health care expenditure on absence from work due to sickness or disability were studied using an instrumental variable method. Public health care expenditure had no significant effect on absence due to sickness or disability and the standard errors were small enough to rule out all but a minimal effect. The same result was obtained when separate estimates were done for men and women and for absence due to sickness and disability.

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  • Granlund, David, 2007. "The effect of health care expenditure on sickness absence," Umeå Economic Studies 701, Umeå University, Department of Economics, revised 13 Apr 2007.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0701

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    health care expenditure; sick leave; disability; worker absenteeism; dynamic panel data models; endogeneity;

    JEL classification:

    • H51 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Government Expenditures and Health
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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