Projects of the RAND Center for Disability Research

  • Will the Affordable Care Act Motivate More to Apply for Disability Insurance?

    With passage of the ACA, disability insurance applications could increase because disabled workers may be less inclined to work. A RAND study suggests that non-employment-based health insurance may motivate some disabled workers to leave the workforce but may not lead to increased disability insurance applications.

  • Does Disability Insurance Receipt Discourage Work? Using Examiner Assignment to Estimate Causal Effects of SSDI Receipt

    In this article in American Economic Review, the authors present the first estimates of the causal effects of Social Security Disability Insurance receipt on labor supply estimated using the entire population of program applicants, and find that among the estimated 23 percent of applicants on the margin of program entry, employment would have been 28 percentage points higher had they not received benefits.

  • Examining Alternative Pathways to Retirement

    Leaving the work force early has become commonplace in developed countries. Understanding the financial incentives and other factors that induce individuals to retire early, can help policymakers design effective reforms to help guarantee the financial stability of pension systems.

  • Would Changing SSDI Program Rules Induce Entry?

    Changing the Social Security Disability Insurance program rules could reduce caseload costs by encouraging a return to work, but it could also create unintended consequences by inducing more workers to apply for benefits.