Research & Analysis by Tony Notaro

Vocational Factors in Disability Claim Assessment: A Comparative Survey of 11 Countries
from Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 79, No. 2 (released May 2019)
by David Rajnes and Tony Notaro

Public disability benefit programs in the United States and other countries consider, as a condition for benefit eligibility, the claimant's ability or inability to resume or find work because of a health impairment. Many countries use an applicant's vocational factors (VFs)—age, education, and work experience—in assessing disability claims. As such, VFs play an important role in determining who qualifies for disability and related benefits. This article offers a comprehensive examination of the disability assessment processes in 11 developed countries and highlights the use and relevance of VFs in those processes.