Peter Thoursie

Peter Thoursie
Stockholm University | SU · Department of Economics

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In this paper, we use matched worker-firm register data from Sweden to examine the career dynamics of high-skill women and men. Specifically, we track wages for up to 20 years among women and men born in the years 1960–70 who completed a university degree in business or economics. These women and men have similar wages and earnings at the start of...
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In this paper, we use matched worker-firm register data from Sweden to examine the career dynamics of high-skill women and men. Specifically, we track wages for up to 20 years among women and men born in the years 1960–70 who completed a university degree in business or economics. These women and men have similar wages and earnings at the start of...
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I detta projekt används ett helt nytt angreppssätt för att belysa dessa frågor. Kan det vara så att efternamnet har betydelse på den svenska arbetsmarknaden? Finns det uppfattningar och värderingar i majoritets- samhället som innebär olika chanser om efternamnet låter utländskt jämfört med om det låter svenskt? Syftet med projektet är att undersöka...
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Analysing a reform in the Swedish public sickness insurance, we find that an increased replacement rate for one spouse has a negative cross effect on the other spouse’s labour supply. The cross effects are present in the labour supply margins that workers can easily adjust. For wives of treated husbands, the total number of sick days increases on a...
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In this paper, we update and extend "Is There a Glass Ceiling in Sweden?" (Albrecht, Björklund, Vroman, 2003) by documenting the extent to which the gender log wage gap across the distribution in Sweden has changed over the period 1998-2008. We then examine the Swedish glass ceiling in 2008 in more detail by documenting how it differs for white-col...
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A unique examination strategy in first-year microeconomics courses is used to test for gender differences in examination behavior. Students have the possibility of attaining a seminar bonus on the final exam for near-perfect seminar attendance and are given two voluntary initial quizzes during the semester. At the final exam, the scores received on...
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This paper analyses if privatisation of vocational rehabilitation can improve labour market opportunities for individuals on long-term sickness absence. We use a field experiment performed by the Public Employment Service and the Social Insurance Agency in Sweden during 2008-2010, in which over 4000 participants were randomly offered private and pu...
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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 insuran...
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This paper analyses if privatisation of vocational rehabilitation can improve labour market opportunities for individuals on long-term sickness absence. We use a field experiment performed by the Employment Service and the Social Insurance Agency in Sweden during 2008 to 2010, in which over 4,000 participants were randomly offered private and publi...
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In this paper we investigate whether a relaxation in seniority rules (the “last-in-first-out” principle) had any effect on firms' employment behaviour. Seniority rules exist in several countries, but consequences of seniority rules on firms' employment behaviour have not been examined previously. The “last-in-first-out” principle in Sweden was refo...
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This paper investigates whether the partner’s social insurance coverage affects spousal labor supply. Using a reform which increased the sickness insurance coverage for non-government workers, the spousal elasticity of sick days with respect to the partner’s benefit is estimated to 0.4. Additional analysis indicates that the partner’s insurance cov...
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We study the effects of surname change to Swedish-sounding or neutral names on earnings for immigrants from Asian/African/Slavic countries. To estimate this effect, we exploit the variation resulting from different timing of name changes across individuals during the 1990s. The results imply that there is a substantial increase in annual earnings a...
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In this paper, we provide evidence of whether child spacing affects the future success of children. As an exogenous source of variation in child spacing, we make use of the introduction of an administrative rule in the parental leave benefit system in Sweden. This rule made it possible for a woman to retain her previous high level of parental leave...
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Using a large running race in Sweden, this study shows that there are male-dominated environments in which the selection of women who participate are more likely to be confident/competitive and that, within this group, performance improves equally for both genders in absolute terms.
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Since unification, the debate about Germany's poor economic performance has focused on supply-side weaknesses, and the associated reform agenda sought to make low-skill labour markets more flexible. We question this diagnosis using three lines of argument. First, effective restructuring of the supply side in the core advanced industries was carried...
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This study investigates the potential existence of cheating within the Sickness Insurance Program. Results indicate that young male workers have strong preferences for leisure linked to birthday celebrations. Other workers appear to consider the costs of reporting in sick around birthdays as relatively large.
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In this paper we compare the earnings development for a group of immigrants that changes their names to Swedish-sounding or neutral names with immigrants who retain their names from the same region of birth. Our results indicate that name-changers are apparently similar to name-keepers and the earnings before the name change is essentially the same...
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All OECD countries but Korea have compulsory insurance programs for temporary disability,that is, cash benefits for non-work-connected sickness or injury. Despite the economic significance of these programs little is known about their effects on labor supply. This paper provides such evidence from a reform in Sweden which increased the replacement...
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Fölster and Henrekson (European Economic Review 45 (2001), 1501–1520) argue that “...the more the econometric problems that are addressed, the more robust the relationship between government size and economic growth appears”. But in failing to control for simultaneity and in ignoring issues of sample-selection bias, the regressions reported by Föls...
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Procyclical absenteeism might be due to the higher sick rates of marginal workers or a consequence of procyclical incentives to report sick. These hypotheses predict opposite signs for the correlation between sick rates and shares of temporary contracts. Workers on temporary contracts are associated with lower job security in comparison with worker...
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In this paper information on individual birth dates is used as a natural experiment when estimating potential cheating behavior within the Swedish sickness insurance program. In the psychological literature there are theories why men and women react differently to ethical situations. Results in this paper are in line with these theories. The result...
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Moral hazard is easy to justify theoretically but difficult to detect empirically. Individuals may report sick due to illness as well as for moral hazard reasons. Potential abuse of the sickness insurance system in Sweden is estimated by comparing the change between the number of men and women who report sick during a popular sporting event and a p...
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This paper offers, for the first time, an investigation of wage differentials between disabled and non-disabled workers in Sweden. It extends the traditional wage decomposition by incorporating explained and unexplained differences in occupational attainment. Data from the Swedish Level of Living Survey for 1981 and for 1991 have been used. The res...
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Empirical foundations for the view that high inflation impairs GDP growth are examined using annual data for 115 countries over the period 1960-1995. Taking into account country heterogeneity and time-specific symmetric shocks, as well as endogeneity of inflation and dynamics of GDP growth, dynamic panel-data models of the effects of inflation on g...
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In this paper, we examine the determinants of absence due to illness for workers in Swedish establishments. The main question concerns to what extent absence due to illness can be related to worker effects and to what extent workers' sick-reporting behavior can be linked to group effects associated with employing establishments. Our results indicat...
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The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of gender segregation on wages using matched employer-employee private-sector data from Sweden. The questions that we are interested in examining are two-fold. Has the effect of gender segregation on the gender wage gap been overestimated and what matters more for gender wage differentials, occupat...
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Thesis (doctoral)--Stockholms universitet, 1999.
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In this paper we investigate whether a relaxation in seniority rules (the 'last-in-first-out' principle) had any effect on firms' employment behaviour. Seniority rules exist in sev- eral countries and, like Sweden, most European countries have a more lenient employ- ment protection for firms below a certain size. Despite the fact that small firms r...
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In this paper, we empirically analyze whether child gender affects sibling and family outcomes using a very large administrative data set of the total population in Sweden. We find little evidence that child gender is of importance for a large number of sibling and family outcomes with the exception of fertility.
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RAPPORT 2012:3 Institutet för arbetsmarknadspolitisk utvärdering (IFAU) är ett forskningsinsti-tut under Arbetsmarknadsdepartementet med säte i Uppsala. IFAU ska främja, stödja och genomföra vetenskapliga utvärderingar. Uppdraget omfattar: effek-ter av arbetsmarknadspolitik, arbetsmarknadens funktionssätt, arbetsmarknads-effekter av åtgärder inom u...

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