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Who Returns to Work and Why?: Evidence and Policy Implications from a New Disability and Work Reintegration Study

By Summary Text prepared by Ilene Zeitzer

Work incapacity has become a major social problem in most industrialized countries, resulting in increased social expenditures for sickness and disability programs and declines in labor force participation rates. This booklet provides a synopsis of a unique comparative study of work incapacity and reintegration (the WIR Project) undertaken in the mid-1990s under the auspices of the International Social Security Association.

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