The changing economic status of U.S. disabled men: Trends and their determinants, 1982-1991

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We track the level of economic well-being of the population of men who began receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits in 1980-81 from the time just after they became beneficiaries (in 1982) to 1991. We present measures of the economic well-being of disabled individuals and their nondisabled peers as indicators of the relative economic position of these two groups. These measures also provide an intertemporal comparison of wellbeing and hardship as disabled persons and their nondisabled peers age and retire. We first show several economic well-being indicators for new male recipients of disability benefits in 1982 and 1991. We then compare their economic position to that of a matched group of nondisabled males with sufficient work histories to have been disability-insured. Because labor market changes over this decade have led to a relative deterioration in the position of younger and less-educated workers, we compare men with disabilities to those without disabilities and distinguish different age and educational levels within the groups. We conclude by assessing the antipoverty effectiveness of Social Security income support for both younger and older male SSDI recipients.


Social Security Poverty Rate Supplemental Security Income Social Security Benefit Disable Worker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and La Follette Institute of Public AffairsUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  2. 2.La Follette Institute of Public Affairs and Department of Consumer ScienceUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Economics and Preventive MedicineUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  4. 4.Office of Tax AnalysisU.S. Department of the TreasurUSA
  5. 5.Department of EconomicsKent State UniversityKentUSA

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