Working Paper No. 875

Are Married Spouses Insured by their Partners’ Social Insurance?

Published: June 22, 2011Pages: 7Keywords: Spousal labor supply; Spill-over; Social insurance programsJEL-codes: D10; J13; J22

Are Married Spouses Insured by their Partners’ Social Insurance? Martin Olsson and Peter Skogman Thoursie


We use a Swedish sickness insurance reform to show that among married couples a partner’s benefit level affects spousal labour supply. The spousal elasticity of sick days with respect to the partner’s benefit is estimated to be 0.4, which is about one-fourth of the own labor supply elasticity. It is argued the main part of this effect is an insurance income effect.

Martin Olsson

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Integrating Immigrants into the Nordic Labour Markets

An Overall Perspective

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Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden face similar problems of integrating large groups of immigrants, especially low-educated ones from outside the EU, into their labour markets. In this volume, edited by Lars Calmfors, IFN, and Nora Sánchez Gassen in cooperation with researchers from across the Nordic Region analyse how labour market integration of immigrants can be promoted. 

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