When you are sick, your co-workers want you to stay home. If you will be paid on such sick days, how many people will abuse this and take more vacation days when they are actually healthy? If nobody would abuse this right, then society would be better off because the sick who stay home would recover quicker and co-workers would not be exposed to contagion risk. Below the fold, I report a new Institute for Women’s Policy Research report that claims that providing paid sick leave would save New Yorkers a fair bit of money and sneezing. The “Freakonomics” research question here is; what types of people abuse sick leave and how can peer pressure and other strategies be used to minimize such “cheating”?
February 16, 2012
Nearly $30 Million in Public Health Costs