Document Type

Working Paper

Date

2009

Embargo Period

6-28-2012

Keywords

disability insurance, labor supply, Social Security Disability Benefits Reform Act

Language

English

Disciplines

Social Welfare

Description/Abstract

A substantial portion of the rise in Social Security Disability Insurance rolls since 1984 has been attributed to the Social Security Disability Benefits Reform Act. Using data from the National Health Insurance Survey, I examine whom the act effectively targeted. The analysis shows that new enrollees were demonstrably taller than previous enrollees, suggesting that the act expanded eligibility to individuals in better health and socioeconomic circumstances. However, the estimated effect of increased SSDI eligibility on employment is low, suggesting that the act targeted males who would have otherwise been unemployed.

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