Dynamics of work disability and pain.

TitleDynamics of work disability and pain.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsKapteyn, A, Smith, JP, vanSoest, AHO
JournalJ Health Econ
Date Published2008 Mar
ISSN Number0167-6296
Call Numbernewpubs20080528_JnlHlthEc.pdf
KeywordsAged, Disabled Persons, Employment, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Models, Statistical, pain, United States

This paper investigates the role of pain dynamics in subsequently affecting dynamics in self-reported work disability and the dynamics of employment patterns of older workers in the US. Not only is pain prevalence quite high, there also are many transitions in and out of pain at these ages. We investigate pain and its relationship to health (work disability) and work in a dynamic panel data model, using six biennial waves from the Health and Retirement Study. We find that the dynamics of the presence of pain are central to understanding the dynamics of self-reported work disability and through this pathway, pain dynamics are also a significant factor in the dynamic patterns of employment.

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Older workers/DISABILITY/DISABILITY/Work Behavior

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Alternate JournalJ Health Econ
Citation Key7228
PubMed ID18180063
PubMed Central IDPMC3654673
Grant ListR37 AG012394 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States