Policy Watch: U.S. Disability Policy in a Changing Environment
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AbstractIn this paper we provide a context for evaluating the goals and effectiveness of current disability policy. We review the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs and examine trends in disability benefit receipt and employment among working-age people with disabilities. We discuss the difficulties in crafting efficient and equitable programs for this difficult to target, heterogeneous population. We conclude that changes in policy rather than in underlying health are most likely behind the increases in disability benefit receipt and the declines in employment of working-age people with disabilities over the 1990s business cycle.
CitationBurkhauser, Richard, V., and Mary C. Daly. 2002. "Policy Watch: U.S. Disability Policy in a Changing Environment." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 16 (1): 213-224. DOI: 10.1257/0895330027067
- I12 Health Production
- J28 Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
- H53 National Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
- I38 Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty: Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs