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The Anatomy of Absenteeism

Sammendrag

Based on comprehensive administrative register data from Norway, we examine the de-terminants of sickness absence behavior; in terms of employee characteristics, workplace characteristics, panel doctor characteristics, and economic conditions. The analysis is based on a novel concept of a worker’s steady state sickness absence propensity, computed from a multivariate hazard rate model designed to predict the incidence and duration of sickness absence for all workers. Key conclusions are that i) most of the cross-sectional variation in absenteeism is caused by genuine employee heterogeneity; ii) the identity of a person’s panel doctor has a significant impact on absence propensity; iii) sickness absence insurance is frequently certified for reasons other than sickness; and iv) the recovery rate rises enormously just prior to the exhaustion of sickness insurance benefits.

Om publikasjonen

Forfattere:

Markussen, S., K. Røed, O. Røgeberg and S. Gaure

År:

2011

Tidsskrift:

Journal of Health Economics

Serie:

Vitenskapelige tidsskrift

JEL:

C14, C41, H55, I18, J22

Nøkkelord:

Sickness absence, multivariate hazards, MMPH, NPMLE

Prosjekt:

1134 - En levedyktig velferdsstat

Kontakt:

knut.roed@frisch.uio.no

Finansiering:

Norwegian Research Council and partially funded by the Health Economics Research Programme at the University of Oslo - HERO

Lenke:

[DOI]