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How Common is 'Parking' Among Social Security Disability Insurance Beneficiaries? Evidence from the 1999 Change in the Earnings Level of Substantial Gainful Activity

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  • Jody Schimmel
  • David C. Stapleton
  • Jae Song

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Anecdotal evidence suggests that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries intentionally restrain, or “park,†their earnings at a level below substantial gainful activity to retain cash benefits. But empirical evidence documenting such behavior is scant. This article in Social Security Bulletin looks at the impact of the 1999 change in the substantial gainful activity earnings level on two cohorts of SSDI beneficiaries—one affected by the change and one not. The results show that in a typical month from 2002 through 2006, between 0.2 to 0.4 percent of all SSDI beneficiaries were parked below the substantial gainful activity level in a typical month.

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Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 7173.

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Date of creation: 30 Nov 2011
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Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:7173

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Keywords: Social Security Disability Insurance; Earnings Level; SSI; DI Beneficiaries;

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  1. Till von Wachter & Jae Song & Joyce Manchester, 2011. "Trends in Employment and Earnings of Allowed and Rejected Applicants to the Social Security Disability Insurance Program," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 101(7), pages 3308-29, December.
  2. David Autor & Mark Duggan, 2006. "The Growth in the Social Security Disability Rolls: A Fiscal Crisis Unfolding," NBER Working Papers 12436, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Jody Schimmel & David C. Stapleton, 2011. "Disability Benefits Suspended or Terminated Because of Work," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7077, Mathematica Policy Research.
  4. 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.
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