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Closing the gates? - Evidence from a natural experiment on physicians’ sickness certification

Sammendrag

This paper exploits a reform in Norwegian sick-leave regulations to examine the potential for physicians’ gate keeping. Physicians were required to consider part-time sick-leave as the default treatment and – in the case of long lasting full-time sick-leave – to file a report clarifying why the worker was unable to perform any work related activities. The reform had a large impact, reducing sick-leave by around 20 percent, for all groups of workers. It affected inflow to as well as outflow from sick-leave. The results also indicate that policies toward physicians may be an (cost-) effective way of reducing sick-leave and increasing labor-supply.

Om publikasjonen

Forfattere:

Markussen, Simen

År:

2009

Serie:

Andre skrifter

JEL:

H53, I18, J28

Nøkkelord:

Labor market policies, sick-leave, physicians’ gate keeping

Prosjekt:

1134 - En levedyktig velferdsstat
4132 - Sykefravær i Norge - Årsaker, konsekvenser og politikkimplikasjoner

Kontakt:

simen.markussen@frisch.uio.no

Finansiering:

The Norwegian Research Council

Lenke:

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