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The Unsustainable Rise of the Disability Rolls in the United States: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Options

David H. Autor

NBER Working Paper No. 17697
Issued in December 2011

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This paper draws substantially on a policy proposal written with Mark Duggan for the Center for American Progress and The Hamilton Project in 2010 (Autor and Duggan, 2010), available for download at http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2010/12_disability_insurance_autor.aspx. Many of the included figures and some of the text in this paper are drawn directly from that document. I thank Manasi Deshpande, Mark Duggan, Alan Krueger, Jeffrey Traczysnki, Karl Scholz and participants at the EWC-KDI meeting for excellent comments that improved the paper. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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