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Disability Insurance, Population Health and Employment in Sweden

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  • Lisa Jönsson
  • Mårten Palme
  • Ingemar Svensson

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This paper describes the development of population health and disability insurance utilization for older workers in Sweden and analyzes the relation between the two. We use three different measures of population health: (1) the mortality rate (measured between 1950 and 2009); (2) the prevalence of different types of health deficiencies obtained from Statistics Sweden’s Survey on Living Conditions (ULF, 1975-2005); (3) the utilization of health care from the inpatient register (1968–2008). We also study the development of the relative health between disability insurance recipients and non-recipients. Finally, we study the effect of the introduction of less strict eligibility criteria for older workers in 1970 and 1972 as well as the subsequent abolishment of these rules in 1991 and 1997, respectively.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 17054.

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Date of creation: May 2011
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Publication status: published as J  onsson, L., M. Palme and I. Svensson (2012), \Disability Insurance, Population Health, and Employment in Sweden", in David A. Wise (ed.), Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World: Historical Trends in Mortality and Health, Employment, and Disability Insurance Participation and Reforms , Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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  1. Lindbeck, Assar & Palme, Mårten & Persson, Mats, 2009. "Social Interaction and Sickness Absence," Research Papers in Economics 2009:4, Stockholm University, Department of Economics.
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  1. Burkhauser, Richard V. & Daly, Mary C. & McVicar, Duncan & Wilkins, Roger, 2013. "Disability benefit growth and disability reform in the U.S.: lessons from other OECD nations," Working Paper Series 2013-40, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  2. Laun, Tobias, 2012. "Optimal Social Insurance with Endogenous Health," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 742, Stockholm School of Economics, revised 28 Apr 2012.
  3. Laun, Tobias & Wallenius, Johanna, 2012. "A Life Cycle Model of Health and Retirement: The Case of Swedish Pension Reform," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 741, Stockholm School of Economics.

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