Who Is Screened Out? Application Costs and the Targeting of Disability Programs

Manasi Deshpande, Yue Li

NBER Disability Research Center Paper No. NB 17-15
Issued in May 2017

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We thank many offices and individuals at the Social Security Administration for providing access to data; Sirisha Anne, Thuy Ho, Bill Lancaster, Linda Martin, and especially Fran├žoise Becker of SSA for data work; and many current and former Social Security Administration employees for sharing their institutional knowledge. We thank Christopher Cronin, Michael Dinerstein, Amy Finkelstein, John Friedman, Michael Greenstone, Magne Mogstad, Casey Mulligan, Derek Neal, Hoai-Luu Nguyen, Jesse Shapiro, Robert Topel, and participants at several seminars for helpful comments, and Michele Carter and Nina Nguyen for excellent research assistance. This research was supported by the U.S. Social Security Administration through grant #1 DRC12000002-05 to the National Bureau of Economic Research as part of the SSA Disability Research Consortium. The findings and conclusions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not represent the views of SSA, any agency of the Federal Government, or the NBER. Each author declares that she has no relevant or material financial interests that relate to the research described in this paper.

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