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Work Disability is a Pain in the *****, Especially in England, The Netherlands, and the United States

James Banks, Arie Kapteyn, James P. Smith, Arthur van Soest

NBER Working Paper No. 11558
Issued in August 2005
NBER Program(s):   AG   HC

This paper investigates the role of pain in determining self-reported work disability in the US, the UK and The Netherlands. Even if identical questions are asked, cross-country differences in reported work disability remain substantial. In the US and the Netherlands, respondent evaluations of work limitations of hypothetical persons described in pain vignettes are used to identify the extent to which differences in self-reports between countries or socio-economic groups are due to systematic variation in the response scales.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w11558

Published: James Banks & Arie Kapteyn & James P. Smith & Arthur van Soest, 2009. "Work Disability is a Pain in the ****, Especially in England, the Netherlands, and the United States," NBER Chapters, in: Health at Older Ages: The Causes and Consequences of Declining Disability among the Elderly National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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