Friday, November 7, 2014: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Santa Ana (Convention Center)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
Panel Organizers: Jonathan Schwabish, Congressional Budget Office
Panel Chairs: David Stapleton, Mathematica Policy Research
Discussants: David Pattison
The Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program pays cash benefits to nonelderly adults (those younger than age 66) who are judged to be unable to perform “substantial” work because of a disability but who have worked in the past; the program also pays benefits to some of those adults’ dependents. In 2011, the DI program provided benefits to 8.3 million disabled workers, nearly six times the 1.4 million disabled workers who received benefits in 1970. Including the dependent spouses and children of those workers further increases the number of people receiving support from the program in 2011 to 10.3 million. The growth in the program can be attributed to changes in multiple factors, including demographics, the labor force, federal policy, opportunities for work, and compensation (earnings and benefits) during employment. This session will explore issues related to growth in the DI program and its relationship with other programs, such as the Supplement Security Income program, the retirement portion of Social Security (OAI), and the earned income tax credit (EITC). The session brings together leaders in the field who conduct research in these areas.