‘In Sickness and in Health’: Partners’ Mutual Receipt of Sickness Allowance and Disability Pension in Present-Day Finland

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We study married and cohabiting partners’ mutual receipt of sickness allowance and disability pension among people aged 40-65 years in Finland in 1987-2011. Discrete-time hazard models are estimated on population-register based data that include several sociodemographic control variables. We find strong interrelations, irrespective of gender. The risk of receiving sickness allowance is approximately 50 per cent higher in the first five years after the partner’s receipt of the same benefit, while the risk of receiving disability pension is approximately 100 per cent higher in the first five years after the partner had become a disability pensioner. There are also strong dependencies across the two benefit types. Women’s risk of receiving either benefit tends to be stronger related to the male partner’s receipt than vice versa. This pattern signals that there is a caregiving effect also in the Nordic context, governed by women’s higher responsibilities for the household and the family.


External organisations
  • Åbo Akademi University
  • Stockholm University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Economic History
  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch
EventPopulation Association of America Annual Meeting 2019 - Austin, United States
Duration: 2019 Apr 102019 Apr 13


ConferencePopulation Association of America Annual Meeting 2019
Abbreviated titlePAA 2019
CountryUnited States