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Key Findings Details

Rejection from the Disability Insurance Program and Dependency on Social Support
Susan Chen
WP 2014-305

  • Social support participation rates of rejected DI applicants differ by age cohorts.
  • At the time of filing young rejected applicants are 24% more likely to depend on social support programs than healthy workers. Older workers are 18% more likely to depend on social support programs at the time of filing.
  • Participation rates decrease across time but up to 10 years after filing, young rejected DI applicants are still on average at most 12 percent more likely to depend on social support programs. Older rejected workers are at most 7 percent more likely on average to depend on social support programs.
  • Younger rejected DI applicants are on average 7 percent more likely to participate in social support programs than DI beneficiaires. The spillover effects are smaller for the older cohort at 4 percent.