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Authors: 
Börsch-Supan, Axel
Year of Publication: 
2011
Citation: 
[Journal:] Zeitschrift für ArbeitsmarktForschung – Journal for Labour Market Research [ISSN:] 2510-5027 [Volume:] 44 [Year:] 2011 [Issue:] 4 [Pages:] 349-362
Abstract: 
Disability insurance - the insurance against the loss of the ability to work - is a substantial part of social security expenditures in many countries. The benefit recipiency rates in disability insurance vary strikingly across European countries and the US. This paper investigates the extent of, and the causes for, this variation, using econometric analyses based on new data from SHARE, ELSA and HRS. We show that even after controlling for differences in the demographic structure and health status these differences remain. This holds for a broad set of objective and subjective physical and mental health measures as well as for contemporal, intertemporal and life-course specifications of health, including measures of childhood health. In turn, indicators of disability insurance generosity explain 75% of the cross-national variation. We conclude that it is not health but the country-specific design of early retirement and labor market institutions, and especially disability insurance rules, which explain the observed cross-country variation in the receipt of disability benefits.
Subjects: 
Erwerbsminderungsrente - internationaler Vergleich
Sozialausgaben
Erwerbsminderung
psychische Faktoren
medizinische Faktoren
Gesundheitszustand
institutionelle Faktoren
Leistungsanspruch
Anspruchsvoraussetzung
Rentenbezug
Dänemark
Schweden
Österreich
Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Frankreich
Belgien
Niederlande
Schweiz
Griechenland
Italien
Spanien
Tschechische Republik
Irland
Israel
Polen
Großbritannien
USA
JEL: 
D31
D63
I30
J11
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Document Type: 
Article

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