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Second/Third Quarter 2012

The Sharp Rise in Disability Claims

Are federal disability benefits becoming a general safety net?

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Related Links

Autor, David H. “The Unsustainable Rise of the Disability Rolls in the United States: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Options.” National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper No. 17697, December 2011. (Paper available online by subscription.)

Autor, David H. and Mark Duggan. “Supporting Work: A Proposal for Modernizing the U.S. Disability Insurance System.” The Brookings Institution and The Hamilton Project, December 2010.

Social Security Disability Insurance: Participation Trends and Their Fiscal Implications.” Congressional Budget Office Economic and Budget Issue Brief, July 22, 2010.

Rutledge, Matthew S. “The Impact of Unemployment Insurance Extensions on Disability Insurance Application and Allowance Rates.” Center for Retirement Research at Boston College Working Paper No. 2011-17, October 2011.

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