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Vignettes and self-reports of work disability in the United States and the Netherlands

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  • Kapteyn, A.

    (Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management)

  • Smith, J.P.
  • van Soest, A.H.O.

    (Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management)

In contrast to the believed similarity in their health outcomes, workers in different Western countries report very different rates of work disability. Using new data from the United States and the Netherlands, we offer a partial resolution to this paradox. We find that observed differences in reported work disability largely stem from the fact that Dutch respondents have a lower threshold in reporting whether they have a work disability than American respondents. For those who do not suffer from pain, work disability is similar in both countries once thresholds are the same. For respondents with pain, however, a significant difference remains. (JEL J14, J28)

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management in its series Other publications TiSEM with number 17902a1e-7cbb-4f3f-a772-edfb54aad9f9.

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Date of creation: 2007
Publication status: Published in American Economic Review (2007), v.97, nr.1, p.461-473
Handle: RePEc:tiu:tiutis:17902a1e-7cbb-4f3f-a772-edfb54aad9f9
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  1. Michael Baker & Mark Stabile & Catherine Deri, 2004. "What Do Self-Reported, Objective, Measures of Health Measure?," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 39(4).
  2. Thomas DeLeire, 2000. "The Wage and Employment Effects of the Americans with Disabilities Act," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 35(4), pages 693-715.
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