Social Behaviour in Work Absence

25 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2013

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Patrik Hesselius

IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation; Uppsala University

Per Johansson

IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation; Uppsala University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Johan Vikström

Uppsala University; IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation

Date Written: October 2013

Abstract

By making use of a large‐scale randomized experiment, we test whether social behaviour is important for work absence due to illness. The individuals treated in the experiment were exposed to less monitoring of their eligibility to collect sickness insurance benefits, which sharply increased their non‐monitored work absence. This exogenous variation is exploited in two complementary analyses. In both analyses, we find significant social‐behaviour effects. Using detailed data, we conclude that the social‐behaviour effects most likely stem from fairness concerns.

Keywords: Fairness, social insurance, social interactions

JEL Classification: C14, C23, C41, J22, Z13

Suggested Citation

Hesselius, Patrik and Johansson, Per and Vikström, Johan, Social Behaviour in Work Absence (October 2013). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 115, Issue 4, pp. 995-1019, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2332960 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjoe.12030

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