Can compulsory dialogs nudge sick-listed workers back to work?

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Markussen, Simen, Knut Røed, Ragnhild C. Schreiner




Economic Journal

128(610), 1276-1303


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; 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. Moreover, estimated benefits by far exceed estimated costs.


Oppdragsgiver: Norges forskningsråd
Oppdragsgivers prosjektnr.: 201416
Frisch prosjekt: 4133 - Absenteeism - Disability, Norms and Interventions

Oppdragsgiver: Norges forskningsråd
Oppdragsgivers prosjektnr.: 227103
Frisch prosjekt: 4134 - Disentangling absence patterns