Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Institute for Futures Studies

No 2007:2: Labour Supply Response to Spousal Sickness Absence

Ruth-Aïda Nahum
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Ruth-Aïda Nahum: Institute for Futures Studies, Postal: Institute for Futures Studies, Box 591, SE-101 31 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: This study examines labour supply responses to spousal sickness absence (SSA) using a Swedish longitudinal panel data, from 1996-2002. The overall results present an evidence of a decrease in labour supply in response to spousal sickness absence. The effect on labour supply increases with spousal earnings level. Women react stronger than men, and more often respond to current shorter term SSA, whereas men mostly react to longer term SSA.

Keywords: sickness absence; labour supply; panel data

JEL-codes: I12; J12; J14; J22

35 pages, January 2007

Price: 25 SEK

Note: ISSN: 1652-120X; ISBN:978-91-85619-00-9

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