NBER Working Papers by Ingemar Svensson

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May 2011Disability Insurance, Population Health and Employment in Sweden
with Lisa Jönsson, Mårten Palme: w17054
This paper describes the development of population health and disability insurance utilization for older workers in Sweden and analyzes the relation between the two. We use three different measures of population health: (1) the mortality rate (measured between 1950 and 2009); (2) the prevalence of different types of health deficiencies obtained from Statistics Sweden's Survey on Living Conditions (ULF, 1975-2005); (3) the utilization of health care from the inpatient register (1968-2008). We also study the development of the relative health between disability insurance recipients and non-recipients. Finally, we study the effect of the introduction of less strict eligibility criteria for older workers in 1970 and 1972 as well as the subsequent abolishment of these rules in 1991 and 1997, re...

Published: J  onsson, L., M. Palme and I. Svensson (2012), \Disability Insurance, Population Health, and Employment in Sweden", in David A. Wise (ed.), Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World: Historical Trends in Mortality and Health, Employment, and Disability Insurance Participation and Reforms , Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

August 1997Social Security, Occupational Pensions, and Retirement in Sweden
with Marten Palme: w6137
This paper provides an overview of the Swedish social security system and its impact on individual retirement behavior. First, we give some historical facts, as well as a more detailed description of the current situation, of labor market behavior of older persons. Second, we describe the social security system. We also describe the different occupational pension schemes, which have an increasing importance. Finally, we show the results from a simulation, where we have used the earnings path of several representative workers to calculate the implicit tax (or subsidy) rate on additional work after age 55 generated by the social security system in interaction with occupational pensions and income taxes as well as housing allowances. We find that the observed labor market behavior of older...

Published: Social Security, Occupational Pensions, and Retirement in Sweden, Marten Palme, lngemar Svensson. in Social Security and Retirement around the World, Gruber and Wise. 1999

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