ERIC Number: EJ969566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 8
Disability Insurance Is Part of the Solution, Not a Cause of Work Disability: Response to Burkhauser and Daly
Reno, Virginia P.; Ekman, Lisa D.
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v31 n2 p471-474 Spr 2012
Burkhauser and Daly claim that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is growing at an unsustainable rate and has depressed employment rates and incomes of people with disabilities following enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. In the authors' view, SSDI is sustainable and affordable, despite increasing prevalence of receipt in the wake of the Great Recession. In economic hard times SSDI is even more important as a lifeline for those who have lost their capacity to earn a living. Reasons for less than hoped for gains in employment and incomes of people with disabilities more likely lie in the less forgiving workplace that all U.S. workers face in the increasingly competitive economy. Finally, Burkhauser and Daly's proposal to experience rate the SSDI contribution rate poses downside risks that merit attention.
Descriptors: Disabilities, Insurance, Social Services, Welfare Recipients, Sustainability, Employment Level, Employment Practices, Reader Response, Social Indicators, Income, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Salary Wage Differentials
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Social Security Disability Insurance