Disability in Belgium: There is More than Meets the Eye
The paper provides a perspective on the development of the Belgian disability insurance system. Using both survey and administrative data, it sketches a picture of the (changing) factors leading towards disability, as well as the outcomes in terms of program participation. The paper shows the key role of integrating other forms of early retirement programs into the analysis. The main findings are an unspectacular trend in the number of DI beneficiaries over time combined with a strong expansion of (early-) retirement schemes.
The authors (Alain Jousten, Université de Liège, IZA, and Netspar ; M. Lefebvre and S. Perelman, Université de Liège) wish to thank Michael Turco (CIMIRE), Lut Vanden Meersch (INAMI-RIZIV) and Khiêm Nguyen (ONEM-RVA). Financial support from the "Communauté Française de Belgique" ARC contract (ARC 05/10-332) is gratefully acknowledged. All errors are our own. Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Disability in Belgium: There Is More Than Meets the Eye, Alain Jousten, Mathieu Lefebvre, Sergio Perelman. in Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World: Historical Trends in Mortality and Health, Employment, and Disability Insurance Participation and Reforms, Wise. 2012