Health, disability and work: patterns for the working age population

Pilar Garcia Gomez, H von Gaudecker, M (Maarten) Lindeboom

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We examine the role of health as a determinant of labour force participation, paying particular attention to the link between the two provided by disability insurance schemes. We first review the evidence on associations between health and labour force participation. Enrolment in disability insurance is not determined by health alone, and we highlight the main other causes that the literature has identified. In an application to the Netherlands, we follow the structure of the literature review and show that the trends in health and disability insurance enrolment look rather positive. In particular, the 1990's reforms of disablity insurance might have been more effective than previously realised because part of their success was hidden by demographic change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-165
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Tax and Public Finance
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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