The Dynamics of Disability: Evidence from a Cohort of Back Pain Patients

Ellen Meara, Jonathan Skinner

NBER Retirement Research Center Paper No. NB 11-09
Issued in September 2011

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We thank without implicating Joyce DeLeo, Fabio Lange, Joyce Manchester, James Weinstein, and Steve Zeldes for helpful suggestions. Tor Tosteson and Wenyan Zhou provided invaluable assistance in understanding the SPORT data, and Kathleen McGarry kindly lent her expertise with the HRS data. This research was supported by the U.S. Social Security Administration through a grant to the National Bureau of Economic Research as part of the SSA Retirement Research Consortium. The findings and conclusions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not represent the views of SSA, any agency of the Federal Government, or the NBER. Funding for the SPORT study was provided through grant U01 AR045444-11. Skinner also acknowledges financial support from the National Institute on Aging (PO1AG19783).

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