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Applications to the US Disability Program: A Semiparametric Approach

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  • Kreider, Brent
  • Riphahn, Regina

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This study investigates the determinants of applications for US disability benefits between 1986 and 1993 using a semiparametric discrete factor procedure. Approximating a dynamic optimization model, the estimation carefully accounts for a variety of potential biases that weren’t addressed in previous studies. Our results indicate vast differences in the responses of men and women to variations in policy measures. Past labour earnings and fringe benefits as well as benefit eligibility and benefit amounts clearly affect application behaviour.

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  • Kreider, Brent & Riphahn, Regina, 1997. "Applications to the US Disability Program: A Semiparametric Approach," CEPR Discussion Papers 1559, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1559
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    Cited by:

    1. Duncan McVicar, 2006. "Why do disability benefit rolls vary between regions? A review of the evidence from the USA and the UK," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(5), pages 519-533.
    2. Benitez-Silva, Hugo & Buchinsky, Moshe & Chan, Hiu Man & Rust, John & Sheidvasser, Sofia, 1999. "An empirical analysis of the social security disability application, appeal, and award process," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 6(2), pages 147-178, June.
    3. repec:mpr:mprres:6218 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Disability System; Discrete Factor Approximation; Retirement Behaviour; Social Security;

    JEL classification:

    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • J26 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Retirement; Retirement Policies

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