Social Interaction and Sickness Absence ∗

  title={Social Interaction and Sickness Absence ∗},
  author={Assar Lindbeck and M{\aa}rten Palme and Mats Persson},
Is the sickness absence of an individual affected by the sickness absence behavior of the neighbors? Well-known methodological problems, in particular the so-called reflection problem, arise when trying to answer such questions about group effects. Based on data from Sweden, we adopt several different approaches to solve these problems. Regardless of the approach chosen, we obtain statistically significant estimates indicating that group effects are important for individual sickness absence… CONTINUE READING

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