Does Delay Cause Decay? The Effect of Administrative Decision Time on the Labor Force Participation and Earnings of Disability Applicants

David H. Autor, Nicole Maestas, Kathleen J. Mullen, Alexander Strand

NBER Disability Research Center Paper No. NB 14-10
Issued in January 2015

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We thank Raj Chetty, Mary Daly, Stephen Goss, Magne Mogstad, Tim Moore, Kevin Murphy, Jim Twist, Bob Weathers, participants of the 2012 American Economic Association meetings, 2012 All-California Labor Economics Conference, 2013 NBER Summer Institute, 2013 Conference on Empirical Labor Economics in Honor of Finis Welch and 2014 IZA/SOLE Transatlantic Meeting of Labor Economists, and seminar participants at Brown University, Cornell University, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Harvard University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, UT Austin for many valuable suggestions. We thank Dejanir Silva for exceptional research assistance. This research was supported by two grants from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) through the Michigan Retirement Research Center under grant #UM11-01 and through grant #1 DRC12000002-02-00 to the National Bureau of Economic Research as part of the SSA Disability Research Consortium, and by grant #1R01AG046290 from the National Institute on Aging. The findings and conclusions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not represent the opinions or policy of SSA, NIA, any agency of the Federal Government, or the NBER.

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