Could State and Local DI Programs Shed Light on Trends in SSDI?

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The brief’s key findings are:

  • Disability insurance programs, such as Social Security’s SSDI, are designed to provide income yet maintain work incentives.
  • Policymakers need to know what design features most effectively balance these twin goals.
  • State and local programs can be used to study this question because their eligibility rules and benefits vary widely.
  • A simple analysis, using a new dataset available later this fall, suggests that this variation influences disability insurance claiming rates.

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