The impact of economic conditions on participation in disability programs: Evidence from the coal boom and bust
Repository Usage Stats
We examine the impact of the coal boom of the 1970's and the coal bust of the 1980's on disability program participation. These shocks provide clear evidence that as the value of labor-market participation increases, disability program participation falls. For the Disability Insurance program, the elasticity of payments with respect to local earnings is between -0.3 and -0.4 and for Supplemental Security Income the elasticity is between -0.4 and -0.7. Consistent with a model where qualifying for disability programs is costly, the relationship between economic conditions and program participation is much stronger for permanent than for transitory economic shocks.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1257/000282802760015595
Publication InfoBlack, Dan; Daniel, Kermit; & Sanders, Seth (2002). The impact of economic conditions on participation in disability programs: Evidence from the coal boom and bust. American Economic Review, 92(1). pp. 27-50. 10.1257/000282802760015595. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/2099.
This is constructed from limited available data and may be imprecise. To cite this article, please review & use the official citation provided by the journal.
More InfoShow full item record
Professor of Economics
Professor Sanders specializes in the fields of economics and public policy. His research focuses specifically on four different lines of study, which include the trends of race and gender in relation to earnings among the highly educated; the effects of extreme economic changes on workers and families; the performance of gay and lesbian families within the economy; and the economic consequences of teenage childbearing. He has received numerous grants for his research, including several from the
This author no longer has a Scholars@Duke profile, so the information shown here reflects their Duke status at the time this item was deposited.