The Effectiveness of Medical and Vocational Interventions for Reducing Sick Leave of Self-Employed Workers

30 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2016

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Stijn Baert

Ghent University; University of Antwerp; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Bas van der Klaauw

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Tinbergen Institute

A. Gijsbert C. van Lomwel

Center Applied Research, Tilburg University

Abstract

We investigate whether interventions by (i) medical doctors and (ii) occupational specialists are effective in reducing sick leave durations among self-employed workers. To this end, we exploit unique administrative data comprising all sick leave claims by self-employed workers insured with the major Dutch private insurer between January 2009 and March 2014. We estimate a multivariate duration model dealing with non-random selection into the two intervention types by controlling for observable and unobservable claimant characteristics. We find adverse treatment effects for both interventions, which are heterogeneous by the physical toughness of the claimants' occupation.

Keywords: sickness absenteeism, self-employment, medical interventions, dynamic treatment effects

JEL Classification: C41, I13, J22, R31

Suggested Citation

Baert, Stijn and van der Klaauw, Bas and van Lomwel, A. Gijsbert C., The Effectiveness of Medical and Vocational Interventions for Reducing Sick Leave of Self-Employed Workers. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9692. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2728565

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Bas Van der Klaauw

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Economics ( email )

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Netherlands
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Tinbergen Institute

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Rotterdam, 3062 PA
Netherlands

A. Gijsbert C. Van Lomwel

Center Applied Research, Tilburg University ( email )

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Tilburg, 5000 LE
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