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Accounting for Recent Declines in Employment Rates among the Working-Aged Disabled

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  • John Bound
  • Timothy Waidmann

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During the 1990s, while overall employment rates for working-aged men and women either remained roughly constant (men) or rose (women), employment rates for the disabled fell. During the same period the fraction of the working-aged population receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) benefits increased quite dramatically. We present simple time series and cross-state evidence suggesting that the growth in the DI program can account for much of the decline in the relative employment position of the disabled.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 7975.

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Date of creation: Oct 2000
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Publication status: published as Bound, John and Timothy Waidmann. "Accounting For Recent Declines In Employment Rates Among The Working-aged Men And Women With Disabilities," Journal of Human Resources, 2002, v37(2,Spring), 231-250.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:7975

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  1. Daron Acemoglu & Joshua Angrist, 1998. "Consequences of Employment Protection? The Case of the Americans with Disabilities Act," Working papers 98-13, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Department of Economics.
  2. Bound, John & Waidmann, Timothy, 1992. "Disability Transfers, Self-Reported Health, and the Labor Force Attachment of Older Men: Evidence from the Historical Record," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 107(4), pages 1393-419, November.
  3. Bound, John, 1989. "The Health and Earnings of Rejected Disability Insurance Applicants," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 79(3), pages 482-503, June.
  4. Parsons, Donald O, 1980. "The Decline in Male Labor Force Participation," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 88(1), pages 117-34, February.
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