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An Empirical Analysis of the Social Security Disability Application, Appeal, and Award Process

Hugo Benitez-Silva (), Moshe Buchinsky (), Hiu-Man Chan, John Rust () and Sofia Sheivasser
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Hiu-Man Chan: Yale University
Sofia Sheivasser: Yale University

Public Economics from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: We provide an empirical analysis of the Social Security disability application, award, and appeal process using the Health and Retirement Survey. We show that the appeal option increases the award probability from 46\% to 73\%. However, this comes at the cost of significant delays: the duration between application and award is over three times longer for those who are awarded benefits after one or more stages of appeal. Our results reveal the importance of self-selection in application and appeal decisions. In particular, an individual's self- assessed disability status emerges as one of the most powerful predictors of application, appeal, and award decisions.

JEL-codes: H5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 1997-12-03, Revised 1998-10-12
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