Disability Insurance, Population Health and Employment in Sweden

Lisa Jönsson, Mårten Palme, Ingemar Svensson

NBER Working Paper No. 17054
Issued in May 2011
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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, respectively.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w17054

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.

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