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NBER RDRC Working Paper 21-10 Figure
Forty percent of US workers have access to employer-provided short-term disability insurance (STDI). This insurance generally pays benefits to disabled workers during the five-month waiting period between disability onset and when Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can commence. By providing income during the waiting period, STDI may encourage more disabled workers to apply for SSDI, leading to more SSDI awards. However, employers who offer STDI have a...

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In recent years, many state and local governments have decreased the generosity of the benefits promised to plan participants due to rising fiscal burdens. In Reductions in the Generosity of State and Local Employee Pensions: Comparison of Plans with and without Social Security Coverage (NBER RDRC Working Paper NB21-09), researchers Nino Abashidze, Robert Clark, and Lee Craig offer a history of retirement plans for state and local workers in the US, with a focus on the...

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