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Does Experience Rating Reduce Disability Inflow?

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  • Kyyrä, Tomi

    () (VATT, Helsinki)

  • Tuomala, Juha

    () (VATT, Helsinki)

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This study explores whether the experience rating of employers' disability insurance premiums affects the inflow of older employees to disability benefits in Finland. To identify the causal effect of experience rating, we exploit a pension reform that extended the coverage of the experience-rated premiums. The results show that a new disability benefit claim can cause substantial cost to the former employer through an increased premium. Nonetheless, we find no evidence of the significant effects of experience rating on the disability inflow. The lack of the behavioral effects may be due to the complexity of experience rating calculations and/or limited employer awareness.

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  • Kyyrä, Tomi & Tuomala, Juha, 2013. "Does Experience Rating Reduce Disability Inflow?," IZA Discussion Papers 7344, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Wolter H.J. Hassink & Pierre Koning & Wim Zwinkels, 2015. "Employers Opting Out of Public Disability Insurance: Selection or Incentive Effects?," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 15-081/V, Tinbergen Institute.
    2. Pierre Koning, 2016. "Privatizing sick pay: Does it work?," IZA World of Labor, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), pages 324-324, December.

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    Keywords

    experience rating; disability insurance; early retirement;

    JEL classification:

    • J14 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped; Non-Labor Market Discrimination
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies
    • H32 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Firm

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