*The authors are grateful for comments from seminar participants at Uppsala University, Stockholm University, Umeå University, University of Southern California, Nordic Summer Institute in Labour Economics, ZEW-Mannheim, Université catholique de Louvain, and from four anonymous referees. Financial support from the Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research is acknowledged.
Social Behaviour in Work Absence*
Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013
© The editors of The Scandinavian Journal of Economics 2013.
The Scandinavian Journal of Economics
Volume 115, Issue 4, pages 995–1019, October 2013
How to Cite
Hesselius, P., Johansson, P. and Vikström, J. (2013), Social Behaviour in Work Absence. The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 115: 995–1019. doi: 10.1111/sjoe.12030
- Issue published online: 16 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 16 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: JUN 2012
- Manuscript Received: MAY 2010
- social insurance;
- social interactions;
By making use of a large-scale randomized experiment, we test whether social behaviour is important for work absence due to illness. The individuals treated in the experiment were exposed to less monitoring of their eligibility to collect sickness insurance benefits, which sharply increased their non-monitored work absence. This exogenous variation is exploited in two complementary analyses. In both analyses, we find significant social-behaviour effects. Using detailed data, we conclude that the social-behaviour effects most likely stem from fairness concerns.