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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