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Applications to the US Disability Program: A Semiparametric Approach

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  • Kreider, Brent
  • Riphahn, Regina

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This study investigates the determinants of applications for US disability benefits between 1986 and 1993 using a semiparametric discrete factor procedure. Approximating a dynamic optimization model, the estimation carefully accounts for a variety of potential biases that weren’t addressed in previous studies. Our results indicate vast differences in the responses of men and women to variations in policy measures. Past labour earnings and fringe benefits as well as benefit eligibility and benefit amounts clearly affect application behaviour.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 1559.

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Date of creation: Jan 1997
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1559

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Keywords: Disability System; Discrete Factor Approximation; Retirement Behaviour; Social Security;

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  1. Benitez-Silva, Hugo & Buchinsky, Moshe & Chan, Hiu Man & Rust, John & Sheidvasser, Sofia, 1999. "An empirical analysis of the social security disability application, appeal, and award process," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 6(2), pages 147-178, June.
  2. Gina Livermore & David Stapleton & Henry Claypool, 2009. "Costs and Benefits of Eliminating the Medicare Waiting Period for SSDI Beneficiaries," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 6218, Mathematica Policy Research.
  3. Duncan McVicar, 2006. "Why do disability benefit rolls vary between regions? A review of the evidence from the USA and the UK," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(5), pages 519-533.

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