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Department of Economics, Stockholm University Research Papers in Economics, Department of Economics, Stockholm University

No 2002:4:
Reporting Sick: Are Sporting Events Contagious?

Peter Skogman Thoursie ()

Abstract: Moral hazard is easy to justify theoretically but difficult to detect

empirically. Individuals may report sick due to illness as well

as for moral hazard reasons. Potential abuse of the sickness insurance

system in Sweden is estimated by comparing the change

between the number of men and women who report sick during a

popular sporting event and a preceding time period. Difference-in-

difference estimates provide clear evidence that the number of

men who reported sick increased in order to watch the sporting

event on television.

Keywords: Reporting sick; Moral hazard; Difference-in-difference; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J22; J29; (follow links to similar papers)

25 pages, February 28, 2002

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