(), Øivind Anti Nilsen
() and Kjell Vaage
Espen Bratberg: University of Bergen, Postal: Department of Economics, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Øivind Anti Nilsen: Dept. of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Postal: NHH , Department of Economics, Helleveien 30, N-5045 Bergen, Norway
Kjell Vaage: University of Bergen, Postal: Department of Economics, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
Abstract: This paper addresses whether children’s 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.
37 pages, April 20, 2012
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