Self Reported Disability and Reference Groups

46 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2011

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Arthur van Soest

Tilburg University; Netspar; RAND Corporation; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Tatiana Andreyeva

Yale University

Arie Kapteyn

Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research - University of Southern California; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

James P. Smith

RAND Corporation; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: June 2011

Abstract

Social networks and social interactions affect individual and social norms. We develop a direct test of this using Dutch survey data on how respondents evaluate work disability of hypothetical people with some work related health problem (vignettes). We analyze how the thresholds respondents use to decide what constitutes a (mild or more serious) work disability depend on the number of people receiving disability insurance benefits (DI) in their reference group. We find that reference group effects are significant and contribute substantially to an explanation of why self-reported work disability in the Netherlands is much higher than in, for example, the US.

Suggested Citation

van Soest, Arthur H. O. and Andreyeva, Tatiana and Kapteyn, Arie and Smith, James P., Self Reported Disability and Reference Groups (June 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w17153. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1866647

Arthur H. O. van Soest (Contact Author)

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Tatiana Andreyeva

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Arie Kapteyn

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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