Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/193391
Authors: 
Furtado, Delia
Papps, Kerry L.
Theodoropoulos, Nikolaos
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 12097
Abstract: 
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) take-up tends to increase during recessions. We exploit variation across immigrant groups in the non-pecuniary costs of participating in SSDI to examine the role that costs play in applicant decisions across the business cycle. We show that immigrants from country-of-origin groups that have lower participation costs are more sensitive to economic conditions than immigrants from high cost groups. These results do not seem to be driven by variation across groups in sensitivity to business cycles or eligibility for SSDI. Instead, they appear to be primarily driven by differences in work norms across origin countries.
Subjects: 
disability insurance
immigrants
unemployment rates
ethnic networks
JEL: 
E32
J61
H55
I18
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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