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Social Interaction and Sickness Absence

Assar Lindbeck, Mårten Palme () and Mats Persson

No 2009:4, Research Papers in Economics from Stockholm University, Department of Economics

Abstract: Is the sickness absence of an individual affected by the sickness absence behavior of the neighbors? Well-known methodological problems, in particular the so-called reflection problem, arise when trying to answer such questions about group effects. Based on data from Sweden, we adopt several different approaches to solve these problems. Regardless of the approach chosen, we obtain statistically significant estimates indicating that group effects are important for individual sickness absence behavior.

Keywords: Sick-pay insurance; work absence; moral hazard; reflection problem; social norms (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H56 I38 J22 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ias, nep-lab, nep-ltv and nep-soc
Date: 2009-01-30
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