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Determinants of disability pensions in Croatia: the role of institutions

Marijana Bađun

Public Sector Economics, 2017, vol. 41, issue 1, 109-128

Abstract: The goal of this paper is to investigate why Croatia has a large number of disability pension beneficiaries. Approximately one quarter of Croatia’s retired population is receiving a pension based on disability. After a presentation of the most important facts and figures, the following possible determinants of disability pensions in Croatia are considered: health status, conditions of work, socioeconomic status, war, and institutions. Simple before-after comparisons suggest that institutional reforms had a strong impact on the number of disability pension beneficiaries. Furthermore, the granting of disability pensions has been plagued by corruption, which shows the importance of informal institutions as well. Future research should focus on micro-data in order to find specific social and health care policy measures to alleviate the effect of socioeconomic and health factors on the incidence of disability.

Keywords: disability pensions; Croatia; corruption; war; institutions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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