Policy Area
Publication Type
Issue Brief

Past research demonstrates favorable health and economic outcomes for workers with access to paid sick leave compared to workers without access. This brief summarizes findings from a cost-benefit analysis of one hypothetical statewide paid sick leave program for workers employed in Missouri. The cost-benefit analysis utilized the U.S. Department of Labor Microsimulation Model on Worker Leave (Worker PLUS) to estimate the society-wide and employer costs and benefits of a hypothetical paid sick leave program. Cost-benefit analysis of two additional hypothetical policy scenarios are presented in the full report (Research on Paid Leave in Missouri, 2022).


Dicke, R., Ohler, A., & Thorpe, A.  (September, 2022). Cost-Benefit Analysis of a 3/5 Paid Sick Leave Proposal for Missouri: Summary.  Report prepared for the Missouri Foundation for Health.