Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Research Papers in Economics,
Stockholm University, Department of Economics

No 2010:27: Are Married Spouses Insured by their Partners’ Social Insurance?

Martin Olsson () and Peter Skogman Thoursie ()
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Martin Olsson: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Peter Skogman Thoursie: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: We use a Swedish sickness insurance reform to show that among married couples a partner’s benefit level affects spousal labour supply. The spousal elasticity of sick days with respect to the partner’s benefit is estimated to be 0.4, which is about one-fourth of the own labor supply elasticity. It is argued the main part of this effect is an insurance income effect.

Keywords: Spousal labor supply; spill-over; social insurance programs

JEL-codes: D10; J12; J22

7 pages, December 9, 2010

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