The Changing Economic Status of U.S. Disabled Men: Trends and Their Determinants, 1982-1991

Posted: 10 Jan 2000

See all articles by Robert Haveman

Robert Haveman

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Karen Holden

University of Wisconsin - Madison - School of Human Ecology

Barbara Wolfe

University of Wisconsin-Madison; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); RSSS-economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Paul Smith

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Family Medicine

Kathryn Wilson

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Biomolecular Chemistry

Abstract

We track the level of economic well-being of the population of men who began receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits in 1980-81 from the time just after they became beneficiaries (in 1982) to 1991. We present measures of the economic well-being of disabled individuals and their nondisabled peers as indicators of the relative economic position of these two groups. These measures also provide an intertemporal comparison of well-being and hardship as disabled persons and their nondisabled peers age and retire. We first show several economic well-being indicators for new male recipients of disability benefits in 1982 and 1991. We then compare their economic position to that of a matched group of nondisabled males with sufficient work histories to have been disability-insured. Because labor market changes over this decade have led to a relative deterioration in the position of younger and less-educated workers, we compare men with disabilities to those without disabilities and distinguish different age and educational levels within the groups. We conclude by assessing the antipoverty effectiveness of Social Security income support for both younger and older male SSDI recipients.

JEL Classification: H55, I12, I30

Suggested Citation

Haveman, Robert H. and Holden, Karen Anderson and Wolfe, Barbara L. and Smith, Paul D. and Wilson, Kathryn D., The Changing Economic Status of U.S. Disabled Men: Trends and Their Determinants, 1982-1991. Empirical Economics, Vol. 24, Issue 4, 1999. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=201232

Robert H. Haveman (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Economics ( email )

1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
United States
608-263-7398 (Phone)

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

Karen Anderson Holden

University of Wisconsin - Madison - School of Human Ecology ( email )

1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
United States
608-263-9283 (Phone)

Barbara L. Wolfe

University of Wisconsin-Madison ( email )

Social Science Bldg
Madison, WI 53706
United States
6082626358 (Phone)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

RSSS-economics ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Paul D. Smith

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Family Medicine ( email )

716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States

Kathryn D. Wilson

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Biomolecular Chemistry ( email )

716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53706-1481
United States
608-265-4320 (Phone)

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
949
PlumX Metrics