How Postsecondary Education Improves Adult Outcomes for Supplemental Security Income Children with Severe Hearing Impairments

Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 67, No. 2, pp. 101-131, 2007

31 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2008 Last revised: 9 Aug 2008

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Robert Weathers

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research

Gerard Walter

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sara Schley

affiliation not provided to SSRN

John Hennessey

Government of the United States of America - Social Security Administration

Jeffrey Hemmeter

Government of the United States of America - Social Security Administration

Richard V. Burkhauser

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM); University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute

Abstract

This article uses a unique longitudinal dataset based on administrative data from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) linked to Social Security Administration microdata to conduct a case study of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) children who applied for postsecondary education at NTID. The authors estimate the likelihood that SSI children who apply to NTID will eventually graduate relative to other hearing impaired applicants, as well as the influence of graduation from NTID on participation in the SSI program as adults and later success in the labor market. Findings indicate that SSI children are substantially less likely to graduate from NTID than their fellow deaf students who did not participate in the SSI program as children, but that those who do graduate spend less time in the SSI adult program and have higher age/earnings profiles than those who do not graduate.

Keywords: Supplemental Security Income program, disability, children, earnings, education

JEL Classification: H55, I18, I20

Suggested Citation

Weathers, Robert and Walter, Gerard and Schley, Sara and Hennessey, John and Hemmeter, Jeffrey and Burkhauser, Richard V., How Postsecondary Education Improves Adult Outcomes for Supplemental Security Income Children with Severe Hearing Impairments. Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 67, No. 2, pp. 101-131, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1103967

Robert Weathers

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research ( email )

Department of Economics
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States
315-443-3114 (Phone)

Gerard Walter

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Sara Schley

affiliation not provided to SSRN

John Hennessey

Government of the United States of America - Social Security Administration

Washington, DC 20254
United States

Jeffrey Hemmeter

Government of the United States of America - Social Security Administration ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

Richard V. Burkhauser (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM) ( email )

120 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute ( email )

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
161 Barry Street
Carlton, VIC 3053
Australia

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