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The Bulletin on Retirement and Disability

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Center Paper Figure NB19-Q8
The process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is complex. Applicants must complete a long application documenting their employment history, medical conditions, and medical treatments, obtain relevant medical records, understand the relevance of certain administrative rules and requirements, and in case of those who are denied benefits, navigate a lengthy appeals process. Legal representatives have long played a role in SSDI cases at...

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Center Paper Figure NB20-08
Increases in the share of the working age population receiving Disability Insurance (DI) benefits in the US and other industrialized countries in recent decades have sparked discussions on the long-term financial stability of DI programs. Various policy instruments have been discussed as a means of limiting the expansion of DI programs, including reducing incentives to seek benefits, providing incentives to return to work, and adopting more rigorous eligibility standards...
Center Paper Figure NB20-02
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries use prescription opioids at a higher rate than the general population. This may reflect the high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders and pain in the beneficiary population, but it also raises questions about whether opioid use affects entry into the SSDI program. Identifying the causal effect of opioid prescribing on SSDI participation is challenging due to the complex relationships between prescribing, local...

Recently approved papers NB20-08: Induced Entry in Disability Insurance: Evidence from Canada, Giacomin Favre, Andreas Haller & Stefan Staubli Abstract: Disability insurance (DI) programs are large and experienced substantial growth over the last decades. This paper studies the induced entry effect of two important DI program parameters: (i) DI benefit generosity and (ii) financial work incentives for DI recipients. Using two Canadian DI reforms and administrative...
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