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October 2015The Supplemental Security Income Program
with Mark Duggan, Melissa S. Kearney
in Economics of Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, volume 2, Robert A. Moffitt, editor
The SSI program provides cash assistance to some of the nation’s most vulnerable elderly, blind, and disabled residents. In this paper, we briefly summarize the history of the SSI program and present descriptive evidence on caseload composition and trends. We discuss relevant conceptual issues and empirical evidence focused on four key issues. First, we describe the advantages and disadvantages of categorical eligibility requirements and we show that the SSI caseload has become increasingly comprised of difficult-to-verify conditions, namely pain and mental disabilities. Second, we describe systematic disincentives to accumulate earnings and assets inherent in the SSI program design, but emphasize that the more relevant set of questions for the SSI population are related to the full disabi...
May 2015The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program
with Mark Duggan, Melissa S. Kearney: w21209
The SSI program provides cash assistance to some of the nation’s most vulnerable elderly, blind, and disabled residents. In this paper, we briefly summarize the history of the SSI program and present descriptive evidence on caseload composition and trends. We discuss relevant conceptual issues and empirical evidence focused on four key issues. First, we describe the advantages and disadvantages of categorical eligibility requirements and we show that the SSI caseload has become increasingly comprised of difficult-to-verify conditions, namely pain and mental disabilities. Second, we describe systematic disincentives to accumulate earnings and assets inherent in the SSI program design, but emphasize that the more relevant set of questions for the SSI population are related to the full disabi...

Published: The Supplemental Security Income Program, Mark Duggan, Melissa S. Kearney, Stephanie Rennane. in Economics of Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, volume 2, Moffitt. 2016

 
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