Abstract

ABSTRACT:

I estimate the labor market effects of gaining eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits during childhood. A Supreme Court decision eased the criteria to be considered disabled, disproportionately affecting child applicants with mental disorders. For individuals with mental disorders, each additional year of exposure to eased standards during childhood increased their SSI receipt by 0.3 years. The additional benefit receipt reduced cumulative labor market earnings through age 30 by $1,600 for each additional year of exposure for those with mental disorders. Importantly, this does not address the full range of outcomes that may be affected by receiving benefits.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-8004
Print ISSN
0022-166X
Pages
pp. 850-877
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-17
Open Access
No
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