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IFS-STICERD Public Economics Seminar

Firm Social Security Disability Reform and Implications for Employment

Nicole Maestas (Harvard Medical School)

Wednesday 08 May 2024 12:30 - 13:45

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About this event

Beginning in 2010, the U.S. Social Security Administration began implementing a series of data-driven policy initiatives to improve the quality and consistency of disability case reviews performed by Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). The policy initiatives included revised training curricula for ALJs, new decision-support tools, and direct feedback about common decision errors. Around this time, the hearing-level allowance rate dropped by more than 20 percentage points and employment among people with disabilities rose for the first time in decades. However, it is not known what, if any, role the policy initiatives played in these changes. This project investigates the impacts of the policy initiatives on the hearing-level allowance rate and the effects of these changes in allowance rates on the employment and earnings of applicants.

This seminar series is jointly organized by the IFS and STICERD.

IFS-STICERD Public Economics seminars are held on Wednesdays in term time at 12.30-13.45 IN PERSON at the IFS.

Seminar organisers: Stuart Adam (IFS), Monica Costa Dias (IFS), Xavier Jaravel (LSE), Camille Landais (LSE), Attila Lindner (UCL), Joana Naritomi (LSE), and Johannes Spinnewijn (LSE).

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