The Effect of Paid Sick Leave Mandates on Access to Paid Leave and Work Absences

Upjohn Institute working paper; 16-265

45 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2016 Last revised: 10 Nov 2017

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Kevin Callison

Grand Valley State University - Department of Economics

Michael Pesko

Georgia State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 7, 2017

Abstract

We evaluate the impact of paid sick leave (PSL) mandates on access to PSL and work absences for private sector workers in the U.S. By exploiting geographic and temporal variation in PSL mandate enactment, we compare changes in outcomes for workers in counties affected by a PSL mandate to changes for those in counties with no mandate. Additionally, we rely on within-county variation in the propensity to gain PSL following a mandate to estimate policy effects for workers most likely to acquire coverage. Results indicate that PSL mandates lead to increased access to PSL benefits, especially for women and those working in industries where workers historically lacked access to PSL. We also find that PSL laws increase work absences for those most likely to gain coverage, but reduce absences for others.

Keywords: Paid sick leave, labor market, absenteeism

JEL Classification: I18, I12, J21, J23, J32

Suggested Citation

Callison, Kevin and Pesko, Michael, The Effect of Paid Sick Leave Mandates on Access to Paid Leave and Work Absences (November 7, 2017). Upjohn Institute working paper; 16-265, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2885974 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2885974

Kevin Callison (Contact Author)

Grand Valley State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Michael Pesko

Georgia State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30302-3992
United States

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