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Alcohol Consumption and Sickness Absence: Evidence from Panel Data

Johansson, Edvard and Böckerman, Petri and Uutela, Antti (2007): Alcohol Consumption and Sickness Absence: Evidence from Panel Data.

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Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between alcohol consumption and sickness absence. We use regional panel data from Finland over the period 1993-2005. The data on individuals’ health that we are using originates from Health Behaviour and Health among the Finnish Population conducted by the National Public Health Institute. The results show that alcohol consumption is associated with sickness absence, and particularly so for men. Therefore, the earlier aggregate time-series evidence from Sweden is largely confirmed in a regional panel data setting.

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