Nicolas Robert Ziebarth

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We estimate the overall reform effects of a reduction in sick pay levels on sickness absence behavior, labor costs, and the creation of new jobs. A federal law reduced the legal obligation of German employers to provide 100 percent continued wage pay up to six weeks per sickness episode. From October 1996 onwards, statutory sick pay was decreased to 80(More)
Using representative survey data of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) for 2006, we show that the magnitude of health inequality measures like the concentration index (CI) depends crucially on the underlying health measure. The highest degree of inequality is found when dichotomized subjective health measures like health satisfaction or(More)
We study the impact of the 1918 influenza pandemic on economic performance in Sweden. The pandemic was one of the severest and deadliest pandemics in human history, but it has hitherto received only scant attention in the economic literature – despite important implications for modern-day pandemics. In this paper, we exploit seemingly exogenous variation in(More)
In Absolute or Relative Terms? How Framing Prices Affects the Consumer Price Sensitivity of Health Plan Choice This paper provides field evidence on (a) how price framing affects consumers’ decision to switch health insurance plans and (b) how the price elasticity of demand for health insurance can be influenced by policymakers through simple regulatory(More)
In Absolute or Relative Terms?<lb>How Framing Prices Affects the Consumer Price Sensitivity of<lb>Health Plan Choice This paper provides field evidence on (a) how price framing affects consumers’ decision to<lb>switch health insurance plans and (b) how the price elasticity of demand for health insurance<lb>can be influenced by policymakers through simple(More)
OBJECTIVE To profile the sick leave landscape in the United States. DATA SOURCES The 2011 Leave Supplement of the American Time Use Survey. STUDY DESIGN Bivariate and multivariate analyses to identify (i) employees without sick pay coverage and (ii) employees who attend work sick. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Sixty-five percent of full-time employees have sick(More)
This paper exploits rich SOEP microdata to analyze state-level variation in health care utilization in Germany. Unlike most studies in the field of the Small Area Variation (SAV) literature, our approach allows us to net out a large array of individual-level and state-level factors that may contribute to the geographic variation in health care utilization.(More)
This paper uses Hierarchical Bayes Models to model and estimate spatial health effects in Germany. We combine rich individual-level household panel data from the German SOEP with administrative county–level data to estimate spatial county-level health dependencies. As dependent variable we use the generic, continuous, and quasi-objective SF12 health(More)
Using representative survey data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) for 2006, we show that the magnitude of such health inequality measures as the concentration index (CI) depends crucially on the underlying health measure. The highest degree of inequality is found when dichotomized subjective health measures like health satisfaction or(More)
This study empirically evaluates the effectiveness of different health care cost containment measures. The measures investigated were introduced in Germany in 1997 to reduce moral hazard and public health expenditures in the market for rehabilitation care. Of the analyzed measures, doubling the daily copayments was clearly the most effective cost(More)