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Accounting for Recent Declines in Employment Rates among Working-Aged Men and Women with Disabilities

John Bound and Timothy Waidmann
The Journal of Human Resources
Vol. 37, No. 2 (Spring, 2002), pp. 231-250
DOI: 10.2307/3069646
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3069646
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

During the 1990s, while overall employment rates for working-aged men and women either remained roughly constant (men) or rose (women), employment rates for people with disabilities fell. During the same period the fraction of the working-aged population receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) benefits increased quite dramatically. We present simple time series and cross-state evidence suggesting that the growth in the DI program can account for much of the decline in the relative employment position of men and women with disabilities

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