Hello, just a reminder that the seminar is tomorrow, please see below:
"Disability Benefit Generosity and Labor Force Withdrawal" joint with S. Staubli
Speaker: Kathleen Mullen RAND Corporation
Seminar sponsored by: The Department of Economics University of Manitoba RDC Manitoba
Friday, November 13th , 2015 2:30 - 4:00 PM 307 Tier Building University of Manitoba For more information call: 204-474-9207
All are welcome to attend.
Here is the abstract for the paper:
Disability Benefit Generosity and Labor Force Withdrawal Kathleen J. Mullen, RAND Stefan Staubli, University of Calgary
A key component for estimating the optimal size and structure of disability insurance programs is the elasticity of labor force participation with respect to benefit generosity. Yet, in many countries including the United States all workers face identical benefit schedules, which are a function of one's labor market history, making it difficult to separate the effect of the benefit level from the effect of preferences for work on individuals' withdrawal from the labor force. To circumvent this problem, we exploit exogenous variation in disability insurance benefits in Austria arising from several reforms to its disability insurance and old age pension system in the 1990s and 2000s. We use comprehensive administrative social security records data on the universe of Austrian workers to compute benefit levels under six different regimes, allowing us to identify and precisely estimate the elasticity of labor force withdrawal (disability insurance claiming) with respect to benefit generosity.
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