Mandatory Sick Pay Provision: A Labor Market Experiment
Jörg Oechssler and
Radovan Vadovic ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Peter Dürsch
No 498, Working Papers from University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics
Sick-pay is a common provision in labor contracts. It insures workers against a sudden loss of income due to unexpected absences and helps them smooth consumption. Therefore, many governments find sick-pay socially desirable and choose to mandate its provision. But sick-pay is not without its problems. Not only it suffers from moral hazard but more importantly it is subject to a potentially serious adverse selection problem (higher sick-pay attracts sicker workers). In this paper we report results of an experiment which inquires to the extend and the severity of the adverse selection when sick-pay is voluntary versus when it is mandatory. Theoretically, mandating sick-pay may be effective in diminishing adverse selection. However, our data provide clean evidence that counteracting effects are more salient. Mandatory sick pay exacerbates moral hazard problems by changing fairness perceptions and, as a consequence, increases sick pay provision far above the mandatory levels.
Keywords: sick pay; sick leave; experiment; gift exchange. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C9 C7 J3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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