Economic Incentives, Business Cycles, and Long-Term Sickness Absence

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Industrial Relations 48 (2), 2009, pages 203-230


We investigate long-term absenteeism in Norway, on the basis of register data covering 8 years and more than two million absence spells. Key findings are that: (1) a tighter labor market yields lower work resumption rates for persons who are absent, and higher relapse rates for persons who have already resumed work; and (2) the work resumption rates increase when sickness benefits are exhausted, but work resumptions at this stage tend to be short-lived.


By Morten Nordberg and Knut Røed
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