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Self Reported Disability and Reference Groups

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  • Arthur van Soest
  • Tatiana Andreyeva
  • Arie Kapteyn
  • James P. Smith

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Social networks and social interactions affect individual and social norms. We develop a direct test of this using Dutch survey data on how respondents evaluate work disability of hypothetical people with some work related health problem (vignettes). We analyze how the thresholds respondents use to decide what constitutes a (mild or more serious) work disability depend on the number of people receiving disability insurance benefits (DI) in their reference group. We find that reference group effects are significant and contribute substantially to an explanation of why self-reported work disability in the Netherlands is much higher than in, for example, the US.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 17153.

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Date of creation: Jun 2011
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:17153

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  1. Gordon B. Dahl & Andreas Ravndal Kostøl & Magne Mogstad, 2014. "Family welfare cultures," Discussion Papers 782, Research Department of Statistics Norway.
  2. Viola Angelini, Danilo Cavapozzi, Luca Corazzini, Omar Paccagnella., 2008. "Do Danes and Italians Rate Life Satisfaction in the Same Way? Using Vignettes to Correct for Individual-Specific Scale Biases," ISLA Working Papers 31, ISLA, Centre for research on Latin American Studies and Transition Economies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy.

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