Immigrant Networks and the Take‐Up of Disability Programs: Evidence from the United States

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Delia Furtado

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

Nikolaos Theodoropoulos

University of Cyprus

Date Written: January 2016

Abstract

We examine the role of ethnic networks in disability program take‐up among working‐age immigrants in the United States. Controlling for country of origin and area of residence fixed effects, immigrants residing amid a large number of co‐ethnics are more likely to receive disability payments when their ethnic groups have higher take‐up rates. Differences in satisfying the work history or income and asset requirements of the disability programs explain part of this relationship, but social norms also play an important role. Information sharing appears influential for Supplemental Security Income take‐up but not for Social Security Disability Income.

JEL Classification: J61, H55, I18

Suggested Citation

Furtado, Delia and Theodoropoulos, Nikolaos, Immigrant Networks and the Take‐Up of Disability Programs: Evidence from the United States (January 2016). Economic Inquiry, Vol. 54, Issue 1, pp. 247-267, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2695916 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12248

Delia Furtado (Contact Author)

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics ( email )

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Nikolaos Theodoropoulos

University of Cyprus ( email )

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Cyprus

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