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Correction Of Misclassification Error In Disability Rates


  • Amanda Gosling
  • Eirini‐Christina Saloniki


This paper examines misclassification error in survey estimates of disability. The results suggest that a significant number of those with a disability fail to be recorded as such in the British Household Panel Survey. In addition, the probability of a false positive is estimated as being very close to zero in all socio‐demographic groups. There is a strong bias in estimates of differences in rates of disability across groups but only a small effect on estimates of the difference in employment rates by disability status. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Amanda Gosling & Eirini‐Christina Saloniki, 2014. "Correction Of Misclassification Error In Disability Rates," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 23(9), pages 1084-1097, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:23:y:2014:i:9:p:1084-1097
    DOI: 10.1002/hec.3080

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    1. Cheny, L.; & Clarke, P.M.; & Petrie, D.J.; & Staub, K.E.;, 2018. "The effects of self-assessed health: Dealing with and understanding misclassification bias," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 18/26, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
    2. Black, Nicole & Johnston, David W. & Suziedelyte, Agne, 2017. "Justification bias in self-reported disability: New evidence from panel data," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 54(C), pages 124-134.

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