Can Compulsory Dialogues Nudge Sick-Listed Workers Back to Work?

38 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2015

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Simen Markussen

University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research

Knut Roed

Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ragnhild Camilla Schreiner

CReAM, Economics Department, UCL

Abstract

We evaluate the impacts of a compulsory dialogue meeting for long-term sick-listed workers in Norway. The meeting is organised by the local social security administration after around six months of absence, and its purpose is to bring together the absentee, the employer, and the family physician to discuss whether arrangements can be made to facilitate partial or full work resumption. Our causal analysis is based on random-assignment-like geographical variation in the meeting propensity. We find that the meetings reduce absence duration considerably, both through a notification and an attendance effect. They also reduce the risk of premature labour market exit.

Keywords: moral hazard, public social insurance, treatment effects, instrumental variables

JEL Classification: C21, H51, H55, I38, J22

Suggested Citation

Markussen, Simen and Røed, Knut and Schreiner, Ragnhild Camilla, Can Compulsory Dialogues Nudge Sick-Listed Workers Back to Work?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2615254 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2615254

Simen Markussen (Contact Author)

University of Oslo - Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research ( email )

Gaustadalleen 21
N-0317 Oslo
Norway

Knut Røed

Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research ( email )

Gaustadalleen 21
N-0349 Oslo
Norway

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Ragnhild Camilla Schreiner

CReAM, Economics Department, UCL ( email )

Drayton House
30 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AX
United Kingdom

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