Testing Educational Tools to Demonstrate Returns to Work for Children Aging Out of the SSI-Disabled Children Program

28 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2011

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Richard V. Burkhauser

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

Mary C. Daly

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Date Written: November 8, 2011

Abstract

A substantial fraction of children receiving Supplemental Security Income benefits for disability (SSI-child) transition directly onto the SSI-adult program at age 18 without attempting to enter the labor market. Once this transition is complete, very few attempt to work while receiving SSI-adult benefits. The MDRC SSA Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) Project report (2008) identified lack of information about financial incentives/disincentives as a potential barrier to work for these youth. In the authors’ Year 1 and Year 2 Financial Literacy Research Center projects they focused on this potential impediment. Their Year 1 analysis documented the financial value of working for young adults on SSI. With Year 2 funding they developed a financial calculator based on their analysis and tested whether it could be a tool for determining the value of work for young SSI recipients. Their results point to the potential for such financial education tools to help SSI youth and their families make more informed decisions about their financial future. They also underscore the need for additional development of these and other financial education tools for this vulnerable population.

Suggested Citation

Burkhauser, Richard V. and Daly, Mary Colleen, Testing Educational Tools to Demonstrate Returns to Work for Children Aging Out of the SSI-Disabled Children Program (November 8, 2011). RAND Working Paper No. WR-896-SSA, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1970040 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1970040

Richard V. Burkhauser (Contact Author)

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Mary Colleen Daly

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco ( email )

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