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Title:Early interventions and disability insurance: Experience from a field experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Engström, Per
Hägglund, Pathric
Johansson, Per
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6553
Abstract:This paper estimates the effects of early interventions in the Swedish sickness insurance system. The aim of the interventions is to screen and, further to, rehabilitate sick listed individuals. We find that the early interventions - in contrast to what is expected - increase the inflow into disability benefits by around 20 percent. In order to explain the results, we develop a simple theoretical model based on asymmetric information of the health status. The model predicts that the treatment effect is larger for individuals with low incentives to return to work. In order to test this prediction we estimate effects for sick listed employed and unemployed separately. Consistent with the model's prediction, we find that the effect is larger for the unemployed than for the employed.
Subjects:monitoring
screening
vocation rehabilitation
disability insurance
sickness insurances
unemployment insurance
randomized experiment
JEL:C93
H51
H55
I18
J22
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201301212132
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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