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Volume 12 Issue 1 - May 2011

2010 Key Findings on Disability

How Common is "Parking" Among Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Beneficiaries? Evidence from the 1999 Change in the Level of Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)
by Jody Schimmel, David Stapleton and Jae Song
WP 2009-220

Reconciling Findings on the Employment Effect of Disability Insurance
by John Bound and Timothy A. Waidmann
WP 2010-239

The Social Security Early Retirement Benefit as Safety Net
by John Bound and Timothy A. Waidmann
WP 2010-240

Does Disability Insurance Receipt Discourage Work? Using Examiner Assignment to Estimate Causal Effects of SSDI Receipt
by Nicole Maestas, Kathleen Mullen and Alexander Strand
WP 2010-241

Protecting the Household Incomes of Older Workers with Significant Health-Related Work Limitations in an Era of Fiscal Responsibility
by Jody Schimmel and David Stapleton
WP 2010-244

We consider three work-support options to encourage and help workers keep working if they can, perhaps with reduced hours or at lower paying jobs.

Work-support options, on average, would cost less per capita than SSDI benefits, especially if the ACA health insurance subsidy is already in place. The relative cost of these options is even lower once the cost of Medicare for SSDI beneficiaries is factored in.

These options would reduce poverty among the families of qualified workers -- by 80 percent under the most costly option.

The Labor Supply Effects of Disability Insurance: Evidence from Automatic Conversion Using Administrative Data
by Nicole Maestas and Jae Song
WP 2010-247