NB19-04

SSDI Coverage, Application, and Receipt of Younger Workers: The Effect of Economic Conditions and Program Rules
Investigators: Till von Wachter (UCLA and NBER) and Jae Song (Social Security Administration)

This project analyzes DI application and enrollment trends among younger workers, and how they relate to economic conditions and program rules. It considers the extended impact of declining economic opportunities for lower-wage younger workers on DI applications, as these workers age and develop health impairments. The project also explores key interactions between economic conditions and DI eligibility requirements, such as the minimum number of quarters of work required for coverage, or the age thresholds in the vocational grid.

Disability Support (DI and SSI)
Disability incidence
Labor force participation
DI
Younger Applicants
Eligibility rules
Economic conditions
Employment potential