Disability in Belgium: There is more than meets the eye

The paper provides a perspective on the development of the Belgian disability insurance system.Using both survey and administrative data, it sketches a picture of the (changing) factors leading towards disability, as well as the outcomes in terms of program participation. The paper shows thekey role of integrating other forms of early retirement programs into the analysis. The main findings are an unspectacular trend in the number of DI beneficiaries over time combined with a strongexpansion of (early-) retirement schemes.

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