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Stefan Pichler

ETH Zurich
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Tel: +41 44 632 25 07

E-Mail: pichler@kof.ethz.ch

NBER Working Papers and Publications

August 2016The Pros and Cons of Sick Pay Schemes: Testing for Contagious Presenteeism and Noncontagious Absenteeism Behavior
with Nicolas R. Ziebarth: w22530
This paper provides an analytical framework and uses data from the US and Germany to test for the existence of contagious presenteeism and negative externalities in sickness insurance schemes. The first part exploits high-frequency Google Flu data and the staggered implementation of U.S. sick leave reforms to show in a reduced-from framework that population-level influenza-like disease rates decrease after employees gain access to paid sick leave. Next, a simple theoretical framework provides evidence on the underlying behavioral mechanisms. The model theoretically decomposes overall behavioral labor supply adjustments ('moral hazard') into contagious presenteeism and noncontagious absenteeism behavior and derives testable conditions. The last part illustrates how to implement the model ex...

Published: Stefan Pichler & Nicolas R. Ziebarth, 2017. "The Pros and Cons of Sick Pay Schemes: Testing for Contagious Presenteeism and Noncontagious Absenteeism Behavior," Journal of Public Economics, . citation courtesy of

July 2016The Pros and Cons of Sick Pay Schemes: Testing for Contagious Presenteeism and Shirking Behavior
with Nicolas Ziebarth
in Social Insurance Programs (Trans-Atlantic Public Economic Seminar - TAPES), Roger Gordon, Andreas Peichl and James Poterba, organizers
 
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