Disability Disincentive

One reason the labor force participation rate is so low is the explosive growth in those receiving Social Security Disability Insurance. Since 1980, the percentage of 20-64 year olds on SSDI grew from 2.3% to 4.7%. Half the rise is due to an aging work force, an increase in the retirement age and women’s increased eligibility for SSDI. The other half is due to easier eligibility criteria and higher benefits.

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