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Applications to the U.S. Disability System: A Semiparametric Approach for Men and Women

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  • Kreider, Brent

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    (Iowa State University)

  • Riphahn, Regina T.

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    (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

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This study investigates the determinants of applications for U.S. disability benefits between 1986 and 1993 using a semiparametric discrete factor procedure separately for men and women. Approximating a dynamic optimization model, the estimation accounts for a variety of potential biases that were unaddressed in prior studies. Our results indicate different responses of men and women to variations in policy measures. Past labor earnings and fringe benefits as well as benefit eligibility and benefit amounts clearly affect application behavior.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 17.

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Date of creation: Aug 1998
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2000, 35(1), 82-115; see IZA Reprints 38/00
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp17

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Keywords: retirement; disability benefits; semiparametric estimation;

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Cited by:
  1. Annemiek Vuren & Daniel Vuuren, 2007. "Financial Incentives in Disability Insurance in the Netherlands," De Economist, Springer, vol. 155(1), pages 73-98, March.
  2. Michele Campolieti & James Goldenberg, 2007. "Disability Insurance Denial Rates and the Labor Force Participation of Older Men and Women in Canada," Atlantic Economic Journal, International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 35(1), pages 59-75, March.
  3. Tuulia Hakola & Maarten Lindeboom, 2001. "Retirement Round-bout: Early Exit Channels and Disability Applications," Discussion Papers 262, Government Institute for Economic Research Finland (VATT).
  4. Michele Campolieti, 2002. "Moral Hazard and Disability Insurance: On the Incidence of Hard-to-Diagnose Medical Conditions in the Canada/Quebec Pension Plan Disability Program," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 28(3), pages 419-441, September.
  5. Michele Campolieti, 2001. "Disability Insurance and the Labour Force Participation of Older Men and Women in Canada," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 27(2), pages 179-194, June.

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