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Reconciling Findings on the Employment Effect of Disability Insurance


  • John Bound
  • Stephan Lindner
  • Timothy Waldmann


Over the last 25 years, the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (DI) has grown dramatically. During the same period, employment rates for men with work limitations showed substantial declines in both absolute and relative terms.

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  • John Bound & Stephan Lindner & Timothy Waldmann, "undated". "Reconciling Findings on the Employment Effect of Disability Insurance," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 13514294569349e1a9d2f68f4, Mathematica Policy Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:13514294569349e1a9d2f68f4d84adb6

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    1. Chen, Susan & van der Klaauw, Wilbert, 2008. "The work disincentive effects of the disability insurance program in the 1990s," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 142(2), pages 757-784, February.
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    Social security disability insurance program; Employment trends; Disability;
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    • I - Health, Education, and Welfare
    • J - Labor and Demographic Economics


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