When you are sick, your co-workers want you to stay home. Â 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? Â 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.Â 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