Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/78645
Authors: 
Johansson, Per
Skedinger, Per
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper, IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2005:14
Abstract: 
The issue considered in this study is whether objective, official reports on disability status are reliable. While there is a rather large literature on the reliability of self-reported disability, evidence regarding objective data is scant. It seems to be a widely held view among researchers that, since individuals out of work are inclined to respond towards poor health, it would be best to have official data provided by the relevant administrative bodies. But we argue that such administrative data should be regarded with some suspicion, since the administrators also may have incentives to misreport. The empirical evidence, based on a large sample of Swedish jobseekers, suggests systematic misreporting by the Public Employment Service of objective, official disability measures due to incentives to exaggerate disability.
Subjects: 
Work disability
classification error
public employment service
JEL: 
I12
J28
J68
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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