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  • Holen, Dag S.

    (Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research)

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    There are currently about 300,000 individuals receiving disability pension in Norway. A key question regarding the evolvement of the number of disabled workers is if the growth is related to the growth in the generosity of the pension system. This paper presents statistics on disability pensioners 1992-2001 and argues measurements of the generosity of the system has to be done with caution for several reasons. There is no clear link from the disablement process to the inflow of new disability pensioners. Further, I show that the ratio of disability pension to labor income vary with different definitions of the pension and income level.

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    Paper provided by Oslo University, Department of Economics in its series Memorandum with number 19/2008.

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    Length: 48 pages
    Date of creation: 28 Mar 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:osloec:2008_019

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    1. Bound, John & Burkhauser, Richard V., 1999. "Economic analysis of transfer programs targeted on people with disabilities," Handbook of Labor Economics, Elsevier, in: O. Ashenfelter & D. Card (ed.), Handbook of Labor Economics, edition 1, volume 3, chapter 51, pages 3417-3528 Elsevier.
    2. Hernaes, Erik & Sollie, Marte & Strom, Steinar, 2000. " Early Retirement and Economic Incentives," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 102(3), pages 481-502, June.
    3. Jonathan Gruber, 2000. "Disability Insurance Benefits and Labor Supply," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 108(6), pages 1162-1183, December.
    4. Parsons, Donald O, 1980. "Racial Trends in Male Labor Force Participation," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 70(5), pages 911-20, December.
    5. Parsons, Donald O, 1980. "The Decline in Male Labor Force Participation," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, University of Chicago Press, vol. 88(1), pages 117-34, February.
    6. Bratberg, Espen, 1999. " Disability Retirement in a Welfare State," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 101(1), pages 97-114, March.
    7. Einar Bowitz, 1997. "Disability benefits, replacement ratios and the labour market. A time series approach," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(7), pages 913-923.
    8. Holen, Dag S., 2007. "Pension Incentives, Labor Supply and Heterogeneous Pension Systems," Memorandum, Oslo University, Department of Economics 18/2008, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
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