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Has the number of US disabled workers already peaked?

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Debates about the longterm rise in the number of Americans receiving disability benefits are often about incentive design and cost.One typical worry is that people who start receiving these benefits will try never to stop. David Autor has written that “the program provides strong incentives to applicants and beneficiaries to remain out of the labor force permanently, and it provides no incentive to employers to implement cost-effective accommodations that would enable disabled employees to remain on the job”.Others disagree, but the point here isn’t to adjudicate whether these claims are right or wrong — see our Related Links section below for more — but rather to highlight a potential development that hasn’t received much attention.Torsten Slok’s latest overview of the labour market

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Cardiff Garcia
Cardiff writes mostly about US macroeconomic issues, with daily excursions into other topics about which he claim no expertise. Before Alphaville, Cardiff spent a little more than two years as a reporter at Dow Jones Financial News covering investment banking, asset management, and private equity. Along the way he has written freelance pieces on a variety of other topics from behavioural psychology to Muay Thai, the latter also being a personal interest that involves frequently getting kicked in the shins (and torso, and head).

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