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Work Disability is a Pain in the *****, Especially in England, The Netherlands, and the United States

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  • James Banks
  • Arie Kapteyn
  • James P. Smith
  • Arthur van Soest

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This paper investigates the role of pain in determining self-reported work disability in the US, the UK and The Netherlands. Even if identical questions are asked, cross-country differences in reported work disability remain substantial. In the US and the Netherlands, respondent evaluations of work limitations of hypothetical persons described in pain vignettes are used to identify the extent to which differences in self-reports between countries or socio-economic groups are due to systematic variation in the response scales.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 11558.

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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:11558

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Cited by:
  1. Kapteyn, Arie & Smith, James P. & van Soest, Arthur, 2006. "Dynamics of Work Disability and Pain," IZA Discussion Papers 2057, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Arie Kapteyn & James Smith & Arthur van Soest & James Banks, 2007. "Labor Market Status and Transitions During the Pre-Retirement Years: Learning from International Differences," Working Papers wp149, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.
  3. Jonathan Wadsworth, 2012. "Musn't Grumble. Immigration, Health and Health Service Use in the UK and Germany," CEP Discussion Papers dp1166, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  4. Andrew Houtenville & William Erickson & Melissa Bjelland, 2009. "Complex Survey Questions and the Impact of Enumeration Procedures: Census/American Community Survey Disability Questions," Working Papers 09-10, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
  5. Viola Angelini & Danilo CAVAPOZZI & Omar PACCAGNELLA, 2010. "Dynamics of work disability reporting in Europe," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0104, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".
  6. Jonathan Wadsworth, 2012. "Musn’t Grumble. Immigration, Health and Health Service Use in the UK and Germany," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 1221, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.

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