NBER Disability Research Center

NB13-9, The Impact of Short Term Disability Insurance Coverage on Employment and SSDI Enrollment

David H. Autor, MIT and NBER
Mark Duggan, University of Pennsylvania and NBER

We propose to investigate the effect of short term disability (STD) coverage on labor force participation and enrollment in the SSDI program. To estimate this effect we use three research strategies and rely on several data sources—HRS, SIPP, CPS, BLS employment data, SSDI data from SSA, and data from the Census Bureau. The results from this research will shed light on the effect of short-term disability insurance coverage on employment outcomes and participation in government programs such as SSDI.