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Title:Older people's participation in disability benefits: Targeting, timing and financial wellbeing PDF Logo
Authors:Zantomio, Francesca
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2010-23
Abstract:This paper evaluates the effectiveness of disability benefits for the elderly. Using seventeen waves of panel data, it first analyses the extent to which receipt is responsive to changes in disability status. Second, it investigates the extent of delays in first receipt. Third, it compares later outcomes of recipients and non recipients, accounting for selection into the program. Results indicate that entry is highly responsive to previous changes in disability, and that the program enhances persistently recipients' financial wellbeing. However, considerable delays in receipt are also found. Beside, the evidence of characteristics unrelated to eligibility influencing the assignment mechanism raises horizontal equity concerns.
Subjects:disability benefits
welfare participation
panel data
older people
JEL:C20
I10
I31
I38
J14
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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