Protecting Working-Age People with Disabilities: Experiences of Four Industrialized Nations

50 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2015

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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

Nicolas R. Ziebarth

Cornell University

Abstract

Although industrialized nations have long provided public protection to working-age individuals with disabilities, the form has changed over time. The impetus for change has been multi-faceted: rapid growth in program costs; greater awareness that people with impairments are able and willing to work; and increased recognition that protecting the economic security of people with disabilities might best be done by keeping them in the labor market. Here we describe the evolution of disability programs in four countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. We show how growth in the receipt of publically provided disability benefits has fluctuated over time and discuss how policy choices played a role. Based on our descriptive comparative analysis we summarize shared experiences that potentially benefit policymakers in all countries.

Keywords: disability, disability insurance, cross-country comparison, Germany, US

JEL Classification: I10, I13, J14, J18

Suggested Citation

Burkhauser, Richard V. and Daly, Mary Colleen and Ziebarth, Nicolas R., Protecting Working-Age People with Disabilities: Experiences of Four Industrialized Nations. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9186, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2655135

Richard V. Burkhauser (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM) ( email )

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University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute ( email )

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Mary Colleen Daly

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco ( email )

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San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

Nicolas R. Ziebarth

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY
United States

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