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Stefan Pichler

ETH Zurich
KOF Swiss Economic Institute
Leonhardstrasse 21
Zurich 8092
Switzerland
Tel: +41 44 632 25 07

E-Mail: pichler@kof.ethz.ch
Institutional Affiliation: ETH Zurich

NBER Working Papers and Publications

March 2020Mandated Sick Pay: Coverage, Utilization, and Welfare Effects
with Johanna Catherine Maclean, Nicolas R. Ziebarth: w26832
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. Mandating sick pay likely increases welfare.
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 Noncontagious Absenteeism Behavior
with Nicolas Ziebarth
in Social Insurance Programs (Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar, TAPES), Roger Gordon, Andreas Peichl and James Poterba, organizers
 
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