Disability Insurance, Population Health and Employment in Sweden

51 Pages Posted: 16 May 2011 Last revised: 6 Feb 2021

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Lisa Laun

IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation

Marten Palme

Stockholm University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ingemar Svensson

National Social Insurance Board

Date Written: May 2011

Abstract

This paper describes the development of population health and disability insurance utilization for older workers in Sweden and analyzes the relation between the two. We use three different measures of population health: (1) the mortality rate (measured between 1950 and 2009); (2) the prevalence of different types of health deficiencies obtained from Statistics Sweden's Survey on Living Conditions (ULF, 1975-2005); (3) the utilization of health care from the inpatient register (1968-2008). We also study the development of the relative health between disability insurance recipients and non-recipients. Finally, we study the effect of the introduction of less strict eligibility criteria for older workers in 1970 and 1972 as well as the subsequent abolishment of these rules in 1991 and 1997, respectively.

Suggested Citation

Laun, Lisa and Palme, Marten and Svensson, Ingemar, Disability Insurance, Population Health and Employment in Sweden (May 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w17054, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1841290

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Marten Palme

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