Universitat de Barcelona logotipo
Working Paper
Polítiques Públiques
Olivier Marie, Judit Vall Castello

2020/09: If sick-leave becomes more costly, will I go back to work? Could it be too soon?

We investigate the impact on work absence of a massive reduction in paid sick leave benefits. We exploit a policy change that only affected public sector workers in Spain and compare changes in the number and length of spells they take relative to unaffected private sector workers. Our results highlight a large drop in frequency mostly offset by increases in average duration. Overall, the policy did reduce number of days lost to sick leave. For some, return to work may have been premature as we document very large increases in both the proportion of relapses and the working accidents rate.

Download PDF

Aquesta web utilitza cookies per a personalitzar la navegació i millorar els seus serveis. Si continua navegant, vostè accepta el seu ús de conformitat amb la nostra política de cookies. Veure més informació