Young Social Security Disability Awardees: Who They are and What They Do after Award
Social Security Bulletin. 75(3): 83-111, 2015
29 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2015
Date Written: August 3, 2015
A significant share of individuals who are first awarded Social Security benefits because of a disability is aged younger than 40. Using administrative data on young adults aged 18-39 who were first awarded benefits from 1996 through 2007, the authors produce descriptive statistics on beneficiary characteristics at award, prior Supplemental Security Income program participation status, and 5-year employment outcomes. The authors track cross-cohort changes over the study period and examine potential contributing factors.
Keywords: Disability Benefits, Disabled Workers, Employment Outcomes
JEL Classification: I3
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