Sickness cash benefits

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Sickness cash benefits

The left-hand menu contain two example graphs that show the duration of sickness cash benefits in 2010 as well as a longitudinal graph of the development of sickness cash benefits 1930-2010.


  • The duration of benefits is equal to the number of weeks during which a recipient has the right to benefits. In countries where there is more than one program for manual workers, duration for the two programs with the largest coverage has been noted.


  • The comparative benefit replacement rates refer to 26-week averages. Where duration is limited to a period less than 26 weeks, the benefits during the remaining period are set to zero, which lowers the average 26-week replacement levels.

Full variable list and documentation can be found in the Social Insurance Entitlements dataset.


Recent publications

Arlotti, M. & Sabatinelli, S. (2017). Assessing income support where no national minimum income scheme exists. Is it possible to apply the model family method to the Italian case? International Review of Sociology, 27:1, 142-159.


Birnbaum, S., Ferrarini, T., Nelson, K. & Palme, J. (2017). The Generational Welfare Contract: Justice, Institutions and Outcomes. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.