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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Debates about the longterm rise in the number of Americans receiving disability benefits are...