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The effect of disability insurance receipt on labor supply

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  • Eric French
  • Jae Song

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This paper estimates the effect of the Disability Insurance program on labor supply. We find that 30% of denied applicants and 15% of allowed applicants work several years after a disability determination decision. The earnings elasticity with respect to the after tax wage is 0.8. However, the labor supply of those over age 55, college graduates, and those with mental illness is not sensitive to allowance of benefits.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in its series Working Paper Series with number WP-09-05.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Keywords: Disability insurance ; Labor supply;

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  1. Nicole Maestas & Kathleen J. Mullen & Alexander Strand, 2010. "Does Disability Insurance Receipt Discourage Work? Using Examiner Assignment to Estimate Causal Effects of SSDI Receipt," Working Papers 853, RAND Corporation Publications Department.
  2. David C. Stapleton, 2012. "Testimony for Hearing on Securing the Future of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7543, Mathematica Policy Research.
  3. David Autor & Nicole Maestas & Kathleen Mullen & Alexander Strand, 2011. "Does Delay Cause Decay? The Effect of Administrative Decision Time on the Labor Force Participation and Earnings of Disability Applicants," Working Papers wp258, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.
  4. Laun, Tobias & Wallenius, Johanna, 2012. "A Life Cycle Model of Health and Retirement: The Case of Swedish Pension Reform," Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance 741, Stockholm School of Economics.
  5. Andreas Ravndal Kostøl & Magne Mogstad, 2013. "How Financial Incentives Induce Disability Insurance Recipients to Return to Work," NBER Working Papers 19016, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  6. Nicole Maestas & Jae Song, 2011. "The Labor Supply Effects of Disability Insurance: Evidence from Automatic Conversion Using Administrative Data," Working Papers wp247, University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center.
  7. Su Liu & David C. Stapleton, 2011. "Longitudinal Statistics on Work Activity and Use of Employment Supports for New Social Security Disability Insurance Beneficiaries," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7075, Mathematica Policy Research.
  8. Eric French & John Jones, 2012. "Public pensions and labor supply over the life cycle," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer, vol. 19(2), pages 268-287, April.
  9. David R. Mann & David C. Stapleton, 2011. "Fiscal Austerity and the Transition to Twenty-First Century Disability Policy: A Road Map," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7214, Mathematica Policy Research.
  10. David Stapleton & Gina Livermore, 2011. "Costs, Cuts, and Consequences: Charting a New Course for Working-Age People with Disabilities," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7091, Mathematica Policy Research.
  11. Markussen, Simen & Mykletun, Arnstein & Røed, Knut, 2012. "The case for presenteeism — Evidence from Norway's sickness insurance program," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 96(11), pages 959-972.

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