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Nicole Maestas

Nicole Maestas (Ph.D., Economics, UC Berkeley) is head of the Economics and Statistics Group at RAND and Professor of Economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, where she teaches microeconomic theory. Her research interests include the economics of aging, notably health, retirement, and disability economics. In MRRC-funded work, she is examining the sharp interaction between the SSDI and OA programs at full retirement age to estimate the work disincentive effects of the SSDI program (work in progress with Jae Song); the consistency of the SSDI disability determination process and its implications for labor supply (work in progress with Kathleen Mullen and Alexander Strand); and the effect of the rising full retirement age on SSDI application rates. Maestas also leads an SSA task order project to develop research designs for estimating the potential magnitude of induced entry into the SSDI program arising from a proposed benefit offset policy. In other work she has studied labor force transitions of older workers, with an emphasis on work after retirement, and the effect of the Medicare program on disparities in health care utilization and health.

Associated Research Projects
UM15-03:  Working Conditions over the Life Course
UM12-18:  Does Disability Insurance Save Lives?
UM12-17:  SSDI and Healthcare Reform: Evidence from Massachusetts
UM11-Q1:  Induced Entry into the SSDI Program: Using SGA Changes as a Natural Experiment
UM11-14:  Labor Market Shocks and the Timing of Social Security Benefit Claims
UM11-01:  What Are the Real Application Costs of SSDI? The Effect of Waiting Time on Labor Force Participation and Earnings
UM10-04:  Consistency of the Disability Determination Process and Labor Supply Outcomes
UM10-01:  The Labor Supply Effects of Disability Insurance Work Disincentives: Evidence from Administrative Data
UM08-21:  Are Early Retirees Less Healthy? The Role of Health in Social Security Claiming Decisions
UM08-13:  Labor Supply Effects of the Interaction Between Social Security Disability and Retirement Benefits
UM07-18:  A Cross-National Comparison of Self-employment Dynamics at Older Ages
UM07-03:  A Model of Unretirement
UM06-21:  Rising Economic Risk and the Labor Supply of Older Workers
UM03-15:  Back to Work: Trends in Post-Retirement Employment