Publication Date



Upjohn Institute working paper ; 18-293

**Published Version**

In The Journal of Human Resources 55(2): 611-659




This paper exploits temporal and spatial variation in the implementation of nine-city- and four state-level U.S. sick pay mandates to assess their labor market consequences. We use the synthetic control group method and traditional difference-in-differences models along with the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages to estimate the causal effects of mandated sick pay on employment and wages. We do not find much evidence that employment or wages were significantly affected by the mandates that typically allow employees to earn one hour of paid sick leave per work week, up to seven days per year. Employment decreases of 2 percent lie outside the 92 percent confidence interval and wage decreases of 3 percent lie outside the 95 percent confidence interval.

Issue Date

September 21, 2018


W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research Early Career Research Award 17-150-15 and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Policies for Action Program (#74921)

Subject Areas

LABOR MARKET ISSUES; Wages, health insurance and other benefits


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Pichler, Stefan and Nicholas R. Ziebarth. 2018. "Labor Market Effects of U.S. Sick Pay Mandates." Upjohn Institute Working Paper 18-293. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.