Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Is Recipiency of Disability Pension Hereditary?
(), Ĝivind Anti Nilsen
() and Kjell Vaage
Abstract: This paper addresses whether childrens exposure to
parents receiving disability benefits induces a higher probability of
receiving such benefits themselves. Most OECD countries experience an
increasing proportion of the working-age population receiving permanent
disability benefits. Using data from Norway, a country where around 10% of
the working-age population rely on disability benefits, we find that the
amount of time that children are exposed to their fathers receiving
disability benefits affects their own likelihood of receiving benefits
positively. This finding is robust to a range of different specifications,
including family fixed effects.
Keywords: Disability; intergenerational correlations; siblings fixed effects.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: H55; J62; (follow links to similar papers)
37 pages, April 20, 2012
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