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Nicole Maestas, an associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, is the director of the NBER Retirement and Disability Research Center and a research associate.


1. “Understanding the Increase in Disability Insurance Benefit Receipt in the United States,” Liebman J. Journal of Economic Perspectives 29(2), Spring 2015, pp. 123–150.   Go to ⤴︎
2. “The Long Reach of Education: Health, Wealth, and Disability Insurance Participation,” Poterba J, Venti S, Wise D. NBER DRC Working Paper NB15-01, June 2016.   Go to ⤴︎
3. “The Association between Income and Life Expectancy in the United States, 2001-2014,” Chetty R, Stepner M, Abraham S, Lin S, Scuderi B, Turner N, Bergeron A, Cutler D. Journal of the American Medical Association 315(16), April 2016, pp. 1750–1766.   Go to ⤴︎
4. “Geographic Differences in Disability Insurance Rates,” Friedman J, Lurie I, Mogstad M. NBER DRC Working Paper NB17-01, September 2017.   Go to ⤴︎
5. “The Effect of Economic Conditions on the Disability Insurance Program: Evidence from the Great Recession,” Maestas N, Mullen K, Strand A. NBER Working Paper 25338, December 2018.   Go to ⤴︎
6. “Optimal Illiquidity,” Beshears J, Choi J, Clayton C, Harris C, Laibson D, Madrian B. NBER Working Paper 27459, July 2020.   Go to ⤴︎
7. “Active vs. Passive Decisions and Crowd-Out in Retirement Savings Accounts: Evidence from Denmark,” Chetty R, Friedman J, Leth-Petersen S, Nielsen TH, Olsen T. The Quarterly Journal of Economics 129(3), August 2014, pp. 1141–1219. Go to ⤴︎
8. “The Effect of Disability Payments on Household Earnings and Income: Evidence from the SSI Children’s Program,” Deshpande M. Review of Economics and Statistics 98(4), October 2016, pp. 638–654.   Go to ⤴︎
9. “Reforms and Retirement Incentives: Introduction and Summary,” Börsch-Supan A, Coile C. In Social Security Programs and Retirement around the World: Reforms and Retirement Incentives, Börsch-Supan A, Coile C, editors, pp. 1–42. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2021.   Go to ⤴︎
10. “Contract Work at Older Ages,” Abraham K, Hershbein B, Houseman S. NBER Working Paper 26612, January 2020.   Go to ⤴︎
11. “Changing Labor Markets and Mental Illness: Impacts on Work and Disability,” Frank R, Glied S, Marple K, Shields M. NBER RDRC Working Paper NB19-05, November 2019.   Go to ⤴︎
12. “Unmet Need for Workplace Accommodation,” Maestas N, Mullen K, Rennane S. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 38(4), May 2019, pp. 1004–1027.   Go to ⤴︎
13. “Disability Benefits, Consumption Insurance, and Household Labor Supply,” Autor D, Kostøl A, Mogstad M, Setzler B. American Economic Review 109(7), July 2019, pp. 2613–2654.   Go to ⤴︎
14. “Who Is Screened Out? Application Costs and the Targeting of Disability Programs,” Deshpande M, Li Y. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 11(4), November 2019, pp. 213–248.   Go to ⤴︎
15. “The Effect of Disability Insurance Payments on Beneficiaries’ Earnings,” Gelber A, Moore T, Strand A. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 9(3), August 2017, pp. 229–261.   Go to ⤴︎
16. “The Employment Effects of the Social Security Earnings Test,” Gelber A, Jones D, Sacks DW, Song J. Journal of Human Resources, March 9, 2020.   Go to ⤴︎
17. “How Financial Incentives Induce Disability Insurance Recipients to Return to Work,” Kostøl A, Mogstad M. American Economic Review 104(2), February 2014, pp. 624–655. Go to ⤴︎
18. “Unemployment Insurance and Disability Insurance in the Great Recession,” Mueller A, Rothstein J, von Wachter T. Journal of Labor Economics 34(S1 Part 2), January 2016, pp. S445–S475.   Go to ⤴︎
20. “The Rise of Prescription Opioids and Enrollment in Disability Insurance,” Cutler D, Meara E, Stewart S. NBER DRC Working Paper NB16-03, September 2016.   Go to ⤴︎
21. “Has Wider Availability of Prescription Drugs for Pain Relief Affected SSDI and SSI Enrollment?” Cutler D, Meara E, Stewart S. Presented at Disability Research Consortium Annual Meeting, July 2017, Washington, DC.     Go to ⤴︎
22. “Place-Based Drivers of Mortality: Evidence from Migration,”  Finkelstein A, Gentzkow M, Williams H. NBER Working Paper 25975, June 2019.   Go to ⤴︎

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