The Growth in Applications for Social Security Disability Insurance: A Spillover Effect from Workers’ Compensation

Social Security Bulletin 72(3): 69-88, 2012

20 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2012 Last revised: 25 Apr 2015

Xuguang (Steve) Guo

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater - College of Business and Economics

John F. Burton, Jr.

Rutgers University - School of Management and Labor Relations

Date Written: August 1, 2012

Abstract

We investigate the determinants of application for Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) benefits in approximately 45 jurisdictions between 1981 and 1999. We reproduce findings of previous studies of the determinants of DI application then test the additional influence of changes to workers' compensation program benefits and rules on DI application rates. Our findings indicate that the programs are interrelated: When workers' compensation benefits declined and eligibility rules tightened in the 1990s, the DI application rate increased.

Keywords: disability insurance, worker's compensation, benefits

JEL Classification: H55, J14

Suggested Citation

Guo, Xuguang (Steve) and Burton, Jr., John F., The Growth in Applications for Social Security Disability Insurance: A Spillover Effect from Workers’ Compensation (August 1, 2012). Social Security Bulletin 72(3): 69-88, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2122097

Xuguang (Steve) Guo (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater - College of Business and Economics ( email )

Whitewater, WI 53190
United States

John F. Burton

Rutgers University - School of Management and Labor Relations ( email )

56 Primrose Circle
Princeton, NJ 08540
United States
732-274-0600 (Phone)
732-274-0678 (Fax)

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