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Are Objective, Official Measures of Disability Reliable?
() and Per Skedinger
Abstract: The issue considered in this study is whether objective,
official reports on disability status are reliable. While there is a rather
large literature on the reliability of self-reported disability, evidence
regarding objective data is scant. It seems to be a widely held view among
researchers that, since individuals out of work are inclined to respond
towards poor health, it would be best to have official data provided by the
relevant administrative bodies. But we argue that such administrative data
should be regarded with some suspicion, since the administrators also may
have incentives to misreport. The empirical evidence, based on a large
sample of Swedish jobseekers, suggests systematic misreporting by the
Public Employment Service of objective, official disability measures due to
incentives to exaggerate disability.
Keywords: Work Disability; Classification Error; Public Employment Service; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I12; J28; J68; (follow links to similar papers)
45 pages, May 16, 2005
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