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The Importance of Accommodation on the Timing of Disability Insurance Applications: Results from the Survey of Disability and Work and the Health and Retirement Study

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  • Richard V. Burkhauser
  • J. S. Butler
  • Yang-Woo Kim
  • Robert R. Weathers II

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Using data from the 1978 Survey of Disability and Work and the 1992 Health and Retirement Study, we test the importance of accommodation and other policy variables on the timing of application for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits following the onset of a work-limiting condition. We correct for choice-based sampling in the Survey of Disability and Work by extending the Manski and Lerman (1977) correction to the likelihood function of our continuous time hazard model, we find that this correction significantly affects the results. Similar findings emerge from these two data sets. Accommodation significantly reduces the speed of application and more generous benefits increase the speed of applying for SSDI.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 34 (1999)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 589-611

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:34:y:1999:i:3:p:589-611

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  1. Richard V. Burkhauser & Lauren H. Nicholas & Maximilian D. Schmeiser, 2011. "The Importance of State Anti-Discrimination Laws on Employer Accommodation and the Movement of their Employees onto Social Security Disability Insurance," Working Papers wp251, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.
  2. Campolieti, Michele, 2002. "Disability and the labor force participation of older men in Canada," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 9(3), pages 405-432, July.
  3. Richard V. Burkhauser & Timothy M. Smeeding, 2000. "Microdata Panel Data and Public Policy: National and Cross-National Perspectives," Center for Policy Research Working Papers 23, Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
  4. Burkhauser, Richard V. & Butler, J. S. & Gumus, Gulcin, 2003. "Dynamic Modeling of the SSDI Application Timing Decision: The Importance of Policy Variables," IZA Discussion Papers 942, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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  6. Burkhauser, Richard V. & Butler, J. S. & Gumus, Gulcin, 2003. "Option Value and Dynamic Programming Model Estimates of Social Security Disability Insurance Application Timing," IZA Discussion Papers 941, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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