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Insult to Injury: Disability, Earnings, and Divorce

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This study measures the longitudinal effect of disability on earnings, marriage, and divorce. The data come from the Survey of Income and Program Participation matched to administrative data on longitudinal earnings. Using event-study methods, the results show that the onset of a work-preventing disability is associated with a precipitous decline in earnings and an increase in divorce. Consistent with theory, the association between disability and divorce is greatest among young and educated males who experience a work-preventing, rather than a work-limiting, disability.

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  • Perry Singleton, 2012. "Insult to Injury: Disability, Earnings, and Divorce," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 47(4), pages 972-990.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:47:y:2012:iv:1:p:972-990
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    1. Stijn Baert, 2016. "Wage subsidies and hiring chances for the disabled: some causal evidence," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer;Deutsche Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsökonomie (DGGÖ), vol. 17(1), pages 71-86, January.
    2. Melissa Ruby Banzhaf, 2013. "When It Rains It Pours: Under What Circumstances Does Job Loss Lead to Divorce," Working Papers 13-62, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.
    3. Bruce Meyer & Wallace K. C. Mok, 2016. "Disability, Earnings, Income and Consumption," NBER Chapters,in: Social Insurance Programs (Trans-Atlantic Public Economic Seminar - TAPES) National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. Jones, Melanie K. & Mavromaras, Kostas G. & Sloane, Peter J. & Wei, Zhang, 2015. "The Dynamic Effect of Disability on Work and Subjective Wellbeing in Australia," IZA Discussion Papers 9609, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    8. Perry Singleton & Ling Li, 2016. "The Dynamic Effect of Disability on Marriage: Evidence from the Social Security Disability Insurance Program," Center for Policy Research Working Papers 190, Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
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