Working Paper Series, FIEF - Trade Union Institute for Economic Research
Peter Skogman Thoursie
Happy Birthday! You are Insured - Differences in Work Ethics Between Female and Male Workers
Abstract: In this paper information on individual birth dates is
used as a natural experiment when estimating potential cheating behavior
within the Swedish sickness insurance program. In the psychological
literature there are theories why men and women react differently to
ethical situations. Results in this paper are in line with these theories.
The results indicate that only younger male workers cheated which supports
the idea that men have lower work ethics. But additional findings also
suggest that younger male workers do have some shame since they reported
sick to a significant less extent the week before they had their birthday.
In fact the net change in reporting sick is zero.
Keywords: Reporting sick; Cheating; Work ethics; Natural experiment; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J22; J29; (follow links to similar papers)
7 pages, March 14, 2005
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