SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance
Göran Broström, Per Johansson and Mårten Palme
Assessing the Effect of Economic Incentives on Incidence and Duration of Work Absence
Abstract: The incidence and duration of work absence spells for a
sample of Swedish blue collar workers in 1991 are analyzed using the
Kaplan-Meier estimator, discrete time hazard regression as well as
stratified Cox regression. The main interest is directed towards the effect
of economic incentives. The effect of a decrease in the replacement level
of the compulsory Swedish sickness insurance that took place in March 1991
is analyzed. The incidence of work absence spells decreases markedly after
the reform, although no effects on the duration of the spell is found.
Significant male-female differences are also found. The main results are
robust to the different methods used.
Keywords: discrete time cox regression; sickness insurance; stratified Cox regression; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C41; J22; (follow links to similar papers)
34 pages, March 18, 1998
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