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Screening disability insurance applications

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  • de Jong, Philip

    (University of Amsterdam)

  • Lindeboom, Maarten

    (Free University Amsterdam)

  • van der Klaauw, Bas

    ()
    (Free University Amsterdam)

Abstract

This paper investigates the effects of stricter screening of disability insurance applications. A large-scale experiment was setup where in two of the 26 Dutch regions case workers of the disability insurance administration were instructed to screen applications more stringently. The empirical results show that stricter screening reduces long-term sickness absenteeism and disability insurance applications. We find evidence for direct effects of stricter screening on work resumption during the period of sickness absence and for self-screening by potential disability insurance applicants. Stricter screening seems to improve targeting efficiency, without inducing negative spillover effects to the inflow into unemployment insurance. The costs of stricter screening are only a small fraction of the monetary benefits.

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Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2006:15.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 30 Nov 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2006_015

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Keywords: Disability insurance; experiment; policy evaluation; sickness absenteeism; self-screening;

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