Research Report The Impact of Temporary Assistance Programs on Disability Rolls and Re-Employment
Stephan Lindner, Austin Nichols
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Unemployed workers participate in various temporary assistance programs. They are also more likely to apply for Disability Insurance (DI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), growing programs with large costs. Temporary benefits can both increase and decrease probabilities of re-employment and application for DI/SSI. When controlling for selection bias, we find evidence that increased access to unemployment benefits reduces applications for DI, while increased access to food benefits increases applications for SSI. These results suggest that applications for DI/SSI are sensitive to participation in temporary assistance programs, and that increased access to unemployment is less costly than it may appear.
Research Areas Social safety net
Tags Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Welfare and safety net programs Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disabilities and employment Unemployment and unemployment insurance Retirement policy Hunger and food assistance
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center