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Do time limits in the sickness insurance system increase return to work?

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This article analyzes the effect of stricter enforcement of the eligibility criteria in the Swedish sickness insurance (SI) system. In 2008, time-restricted assessments of the individual’s working capacity on the 91st and 181st sick day was introduced. Taking advantage of the quasi-experimental feature of the intervention, I find a large and significant increased exit rate around the 181-day assessment. The impact is the result of longer spells outside SI-benefits, indicating that the stricter rules create disincentives to report sick.

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Hägglund, P. Do time limits in the sickness insurance system increase return to work?. Empir Econ 45, 567–582 (2013).

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