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Jan
14
UCLouvain Economics Seminar -Stefan Pichler, ETH Zurich
By UCLouvain Economics Seminar

Stefan Pichler

ETH Zurich

will give a presentation on

Mandated Sick Pay: Coverage, Utilization and Welfare Effects

Abstract

This paper evaluates the labor market effects of sick pay mandates in the United States. Using the National Compensation Survey and difference-in-differences models, we estimate their impact on coverage rates, sick leave use, labor costs, and non-mandated fringe benefits. Sick pay mandates increase coverage significantly by 13 percentage points from a baseline level of 66%. Newly covered employees take two additional sick days per year. We find little evidence that mandating sick pay crowds-out other non-mandated fringe benefits. We then develop a model of optimal sick pay provision along with a welfare analysis. For a range of plausible parameter values, mandating sick pay increases welfare.

Joint with Johanna Catherine Maclean and Nicolas R. Ziebarth

Link to the seminar

Meeting ID :  994 7520 4596
Access Code: 752502