Dynamics of Work Disability and Pain

A. Kapteyn, J.P. Smith, A.H.O. van Soest

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This paper investigates the role of pain in affecting self-reported work disability and employment of elderly workers in the US.We investigate pain and its relationship to work disability and work in a dynamic panel data model, using six biennial waves from the Health and Retirement Study.We find the dynamics of the presence of pain is central to understanding the dynamics of self-reported work disability.By affecting work disability pain also has important implications for the dynamic patterns of employment.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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NameCentER Discussion Paper


  • Work limiting disability
  • health


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