Mandated Sick Pay: Coverage, Utilization, and Welfare Effects

  title={Mandated Sick Pay: Coverage, Utilization, and Welfare Effects},
  author={Catherine H. MacLean and Stefan Pichler and Nicolas R. Ziebarth},
  journal={Labor: Personnel Economics eJournal},
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… 
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