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How to Reduce Sickness Absences in Sweden: Lessons from International Experience

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Sweden’s single biggest economic problem is the high number of people absent from work due to sickness or disability. This paper describes the problem and looks at what other countries have done to reduce absenteeism. It emphasises a mutual obligations approach to sickness insurance. This means placing greater responsibilities on the sick person, the employer and the social insurance office to get that person back to work as soon as possible. Réduire l'incidence des congés de maladie en Suède : Les enseignements de l'expérience internationale Le principal problème économique de la Suède est le taux élevé d’absentéisme pour cause de maladie ou d’invalidité. Cette communication expose le problème et examine les mesures prises par d’autres pays pour y remédier. Il souligne l’importance de fonder le système d’assurance-maladie sur le principe de l’obligation mutuelle. Ceci suppose de responsabiliser davantage le travailleur malade, l’employeur et le bureau d’assurance sociale pour que l’intéressé reprenne son activité le plus rapidement possible.

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  • David Rae, 2005. "How to Reduce Sickness Absences in Sweden: Lessons from International Experience," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 442, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:442-en
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    1. Wim Suyker, 2006. "Nuancing the favourable assessments of the Nordic economies," CPB Memorandum 153, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
    2. René Böheim & Thomas Leoni, 2011. "Firms' Moral Hazard in Sickness Absences," WIFO Working Papers 400, WIFO.
    3. René Böheim & Thomas Leoni, 2014. "Firms' Sickness Costs and Workers' Sickness Absences," NBER Working Papers 20305, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    Keywords

    aléa moral; assurance maladie; labour supply; moral hazard; offre de travail; sickness insurance;

    JEL classification:

    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • J20 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - General

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