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Misreporting in register data on disability status: evidence from the Swedish Public Employment Service
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm.
2009 (English)In: Empirical Economics, ISSN 0377-7332, E-ISSN 1435-8921, Vol. 37, no 2, 411-434 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The issue considered in this study is whether there is misreporting in official data on disability status. While there is a rather large literature on misreporting of self-assessed disability, evidence regarding register 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 official disability measures due to incentives to misreport disability.

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2009. Vol. 37, no 2, 411-434 p.
Keyword [en]
Work disability, Classification error, Public Employment Service
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-132039DOI: 10.1007/s00181-008-0238-6ISI: 000270280800008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-132039DiVA: diva2:356694
Available from: 2010-10-13 Created: 2010-10-13 Last updated: 2010-12-28Bibliographically approved

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