publication . Article . 1991

Why are There So Many Long Term Sick in Britain

Richard Disney; Steven Webb;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 1991 Journal: The Economic Journal, volume 101, issue 405 March, pages 252-62
This paper examines the upward trend of numbers in receipt of Invalidity Benefit (the major contributory benefit for the long-term sick) in Britain since 1971. Possible explanations include the rising level of unemployment through much of the period; the heightened link between ill-health and early retirement; changes in the real level of benefits; and changes in the composition of the workforce. These possibilities are examined using a variety of methodologies: time-series, cross-section, and fixed-effects models. Copyright 1991 by Royal Economic Society.
free text keywords: Economics and Econometrics
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