NB19-03

Socioeconomic Status, Perceptions of Pain, and the Disparity in DI Receipt
Investigators: David Cutler (Harvard University and NBER), Ellen Meara (Dartmouth College and NBER), and Susan Stewart (NBER)
Among people aged 55-64, DI or SSI receipt is four times higher among people with a high school degree or less than among people with a college degree. Understanding why disability is so tilted to the less educated is key to evaluating the economic importance of disability insurance as well as forecasting future trends. This project focuses on the role of musculoskeletal conditions and pain. People with less education are 10 percentage points more likely to report musculoskeletal pain. This project analyzes the degree to which the less educated have more physical impairments than the better educated, have less access to health care to address musculoskeletal impairment, and have different social or financial resources to cope with pain.
Disability Support (DI and SSI)
Disability incidence
Socioeconomic disparities in health
Pain
Disability insurance