The Effect of the 2009 Influenza Pandemic on Labor Market Outcomes

26 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2016

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Fabian Duarte

University of Chile - Department of Economics

Srikanth Kadiyala

RAND Corporation

Samuel Masters

Department of Health Policy and Management

David Powell

RAND Corporation

Date Written: April 4, 2016

Abstract

In July 2009, the WHO declared the first flu pandemic in nearly 40 years. Although the health effects of the pandemic have been studied, there is little research examining the labor productivity consequences. Using unique sick leave data from the Chilean private health insurance system, we estimate the impact of the pandemic on missed days of work. We estimate that the pandemic increased mean days missed by 0.04 days per person-month, representing a 700-800% increase in missed days relative to non-pandemic years. Calculations using the estimated effect imply a minimum 0.2% reduction in Chile’s labor supply.

Keywords: Pandemic, H1N1, Employment, Work Loss

JEL Classification: I13, I18, J32

Suggested Citation

Duarte, Fabian and Kadiyala, Srikanth and Masters, Samuel and Powell, David, The Effect of the 2009 Influenza Pandemic on Labor Market Outcomes (April 4, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2759464 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2759464

Fabian Duarte

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Srikanth Kadiyala (Contact Author)

RAND Corporation ( email )

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Samuel Masters

Department of Health Policy and Management ( email )

Chapel Hill, NC 27599
United States

David Powell

RAND Corporation ( email )

1776 Main Street
P.O. Box 2138
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138
United States

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