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Self-Reported Disability and Reference Groups

Self-Reported Disability and Reference Groups

(p.237) 7 Self-Reported Disability and Reference Groups
Investigations in the Economics of Aging
Arthur van SoestTatiana AndreyevaArie KapteynJames P. Smith
University of Chicago Press

This chapter tests the importance of social interactions in people's self-reported work disability using data from a household survey representative of the Dutch population. It estimates a model of self-reported disability with an emphasis on how the reporting of disability is affected by the prevalence of disability insurance (DI) receipt in one's reference group. The chapter shows that larger reported numbers of people in one's reference group on DI increase the likelihood of seeing oneself as having a work disability. A commentary is included at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   work disability, social interactions, disability insurance

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