Immigrant Networks and the Take-Up of Disability Programs: Evidence from US Census Data

53 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2012

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Delia Furtado

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Nikolaos Theodoropoulos

University of Cyprus

Abstract

This paper examines the role of ethnic networks in disability program take-up among working-age immigrants in the United States. We find that even when controlling for country of origin and area of residence fixed effects, immigrants residing amidst a large number of co-ethnics are more likely to receive disability payments when their ethnic groups have higher take-up rates. Although this pattern can be partially explained by cross-group differences in satisfying the work history or income and asset requirements of the disability programs, we also find that social norms and, to a lesser extent, information sharing play important roles.

Keywords: social security disability insurance, supplementary security income, networks, immigrants

JEL Classification: C31, H55, I18, J61

Suggested Citation

Furtado, Delia and Theodoropoulos, Nikolaos, Immigrant Networks and the Take-Up of Disability Programs: Evidence from US Census Data. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6649, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2089698

Delia Furtado (Contact Author)

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Nikolaos Theodoropoulos

University of Cyprus ( email )

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