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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

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies & University College, London)

  • Arie Kapteyn

    (RAND Corporation)

  • James P. Smith

    (RAND Corporation)

  • Arthur van Soest

    (RAND Corporation & Tilburg University)

Abstract

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 EconWPA in its series Labor and Demography with number 0505017.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 19 May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpla:0505017

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Keywords: Work limiting disability; Vignettes; Reporting bias;

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  1. Arie Kapteyn & James P. Smith & Arthur van Soest, 2004. "Self-reported Work Disability in the US and The Netherlands," Working Papers 206, RAND Corporation Publications Department.
  2. Richard Burkhauser & Mary Daly & Andrew Houtenville & Nigar Nargis, 2002. "Self-reported work-limitation data: What they can and cannot tell US," Demography, Springer, vol. 39(3), pages 541-555, August.
  3. Martin Browning & Thomas F. Crossley & Guglielmo Weber, 2002. "Asking Consumption Questions in General Purpose Surveys," Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population Research Papers 77, McMaster University.
  4. Bound, John & Burkhauser, Richard V., 1999. "Economic analysis of transfer programs targeted on people with disabilities," Handbook of Labor Economics, in: O. Ashenfelter & D. Card (ed.), Handbook of Labor Economics, edition 1, volume 3, chapter 51, pages 3417-3528 Elsevier.
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  1. Arie Kapteyn & James P. Smith & Arthur van Soest & James Banks, 2007. "Labor Market Status and Transitions during the Pre-Retirement Years: Learning from International Differences," NBER Working Papers 13536, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Wadsworth, Jonathan, 2012. "Musn't Grumble: Immigration, Health and Health Service Use in the UK and Germany," IZA Discussion Papers 6838, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. Arie Kapteyn & James P. Smith & Arthur van Soest, 2006. "Dynamics of Work Disability and Pain," Working Papers 387, RAND Corporation Publications Department.
  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".

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