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Disability, health and retirement in the United Kingdom

  • James Banks


    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Manchester)

  • Richard Blundell


    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and IFS and UCL)

  • Antoine Bozio


    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Paris School of Economics)

  • Carl Emmerson


    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

This paper examines changes in health and disability related transfers in the UK over the last thirty years, and describes how they are related to changes in labour force participation. The objective is to present a comprehensive description of the reforms to the institutional setting, along with available time series coming from administrative data on benefit receipt, cross-section or panel data on self-reported health and their interactions with labour force status. By providing systematic evidence on institutions and data, we hope to help future research providing a fuller picture of the trends over this period. We also present evidence on the impact of two large reforms to disability benefits in the UK.

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Paper provided by Institute for Fiscal Studies in its series IFS Working Papers with number W11/12.

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Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ifs:ifsewp:11/12
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  1. Hugo Benítez-Silva & Richard Disney & Sergi Jiménez Martín, 2009. "Disability, Capacity for Work and the Business Cycle: An International Perspective," Working Papers 2009-28, FEDEA.
  2. Michael Anyadike-Danes & Duncan McVicar, 2008. "Has the Boom in Incapacity Benefit Claimant Numbers Passed Its Peak?," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 29(4), pages 415-434, December.
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