Growth in Disability Benefits

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This collection of original papers reveals why caseloads of the nation's two largest income entitlement programs for disability - Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - have soared.

Using the Social Security Administration's own data, the authors are able to point to factors that are contributing to the programs' growth including program design, changing demographics, the labor market, and the interaction with other programs in the nation's social safety net.

The book's 21 essays are divided into three groups. The first presents empirical analyses of the national experience. The second group offers a close look at state and local experiences with disability programs. The third group of essays presents perspectives on program growth and policy from participants in the disability community.

While the contributors to this volume see the need for change to preserve the system, they uniformly speak for incremental change, not a sea change, to ensure that an especially vulnerable portion of our population remains protected.

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