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Disability and Distress: The Effect of Disability Programs on Financial Outcomes

Manasi Deshpande, Tal Gross, Yalun Su

NBER Working Paper No. 25642
Issued in March 2019

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are grateful to Stephane Bonhomme, Michael Dinerstein, Keith Ericson, Amy Finkelstein, Andrey Fradkin, Peter Ganong, Mike Golosov, Michael Greenstone, Lars Hansen, Jeffrey Hemmeter, Greg Kaplan, Camille Landais, Jeffrey Liebman, Lee Lockwood, Neale Mahoney, Magne Mogstad, Tim Moore, Derek Neal, Matthew Notowidigdo, Jesse Shapiro, Alex Torgovitsky, Jialan Wang, Melanie Wasserman and workshop participants at the University of Chicago, the University of Virginia, the University of Michigan, NBER Public Economics, Boston University, RAND, and NBER Health Care for useful feedback. We thank John Phillips, Jason Brown, Natalie Lu, Ted Horan, Mark Sarney, Lynn Fisher, and Linda Martin of the Social Security Administration for making this work possible and providing access to data. The authors are grateful to the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and the Ronzetti Initiative for the Study of Labor Markets at the Becker-Friedman Institute for financial support. This research was supported by the U.S. Social Security Administration through grant #5 DRC12000002-06 to the National Bureau of Economic Research as part of the SSA Disability Research Consortium. The findings and conclusions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not represent the views of the Social Security Administration, any agency of the Federal Government, or the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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