Monday, August 22, 2005

Interesting Paper on Pain and Work Disability Statistics

See this NBER paper by James Banks, Arie Kapteyn, James P. Smith, and Arthur van Soest, entitled Work Disability is a Pain in the *****, Especially in England, the Netherlands, and the United States. (Yes, the asterisks are in the title.) The abstract:

This paper investigates the role of pain in determining self-reported work disability in the US, the UK and The Netherlands. Even if identical questions are asked, cross-country differences in reported work disability remain substantial. In the US and the Netherlands, respondent evaluations of work limitations of hypothetical persons described in pain vignettes are used to identify the extent to which differences in self-reports between countries or socio-economic groups are due to systematic variation in the response scales.


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