Reporting sick: are sporting events contagious?
Article first published online: 22 NOV 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Applied Econometrics
Special Issue: The Econometrics of Social Insurance
Volume 19, Issue 6, pages 809–823, 2004
How to Cite
Thoursie, P. S. (2004), Reporting sick: are sporting events contagious?. J. Appl. Econ., 19: 809–823. doi: 10.1002/jae.758
- Issue published online: 22 NOV 2004
- Article first published online: 22 NOV 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 31 JUL 2003
- Manuscript Received: 7 JUL 2003
- Swedish Research Council.
Moral hazard is easy to justify theoretically but difficult to detect empirically. Individuals may report sick due to illness as well as for moral hazard reasons. Potential abuse of the sickness insurance system in Sweden is estimated by comparing the change between the number of men and women who report sick during a popular sporting event and a preceding time period. Difference-in-differences estimates provide clear evidence that the number of men who reported sick increased in order to watch the sporting event on television. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.