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No 2013:10:
Screening stringency in the disability insurance program

Per Johansson (), Lisa Laun () and Tobias Laun ()

Abstract: We propose a strategy for assessing how the inflow to the disability insurance program has been governed over time. We analyze the ex-ante health of individuals entering the program, compared to individuals not entering the program in the same year, by using ex-post mortality. Applying the strategy to Sweden, we find large variation in the relative health of new beneficiaries compared to non-beneficiaries over time. Some of the fluctuations correspond well to formal changes to screening stringency. However, we also find large variation in health during periods when no changes to formal eligibility criteria have been pursued.

Keywords: Disability insurance; screening stringency; proportional hazard model; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: C41; I18; J14; (follow links to similar papers)

30 pages, May 2, 2013

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Johansson, Per, Lisa Laun and Tobias Laun, (2014), 'Screening stringency in the disability insurance program', The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Vol. 14, july, No. 3, pages 873-891



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