MPR Report: Social Security Disability Benefits: Finding Alternatives to Benefit Receipt

Posted by Alexandra Kielty - On July 25, 2014 (EST)

Social Security Disability Benefits: Finding Alternatives to Benefit Receipt A special issue of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy, compiled and co-edited by Gina Livermore, David Neumark, and David Wittenburg, explores the evolution of disability policy in the U.S., the factors contributing to growth in the disability rolls, and the potential for early interventions and employment support to curb this growth. A rising number of people with disabilities receive cash benefits from the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) disability programs, which include Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. This trend has heightened policy interest in finding alternatives to receiving disability benefits, including employment, to promote the economic well-being of people with disabilities and to alleviate fiscal pressure on the SSA trust fund and federal budget.

This special issue of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy is a resource for those looking for policy solutions to this complex problem. Although the findings do not reveal which approaches would work best, all nine articles in the series suggest that strategically targeting assistance, such as incentives and supports that encourage people with disabilities to stay in the labor force in lieu of applying for benefits, has the potential to reduce program growth. To view the full report, please go to http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/news/alternatives-to-benefit-receipt-iza-journal-of-labor-policy?spMailingID=9086514&spUserID=MTU0MDAwODEwNwS2&spJobID=341965770&spReportId=MzQxOTY1NzcwS0



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