June 16, 2016

CSSRR Health/Sociology–June 16, 2016

Filed under: H. Working Papers,Health — admin @ 3:44 pm

Center for Policy Research [Syracuse University] Working Paper: “The Dynamic Effect of Disability on Marriage: Evidence from the Social Security Disability Insurance Program,” by Ling Li and Perry Singleton (Working Paper No. 190, June 2016, .pdf format, 26p.).


This study examines the dynamic effect of disability on marriage. Data on disability and marriage come from the New Beneficiary Survey, designed to characterize new beneficiaries of the Social Security Disability Insurance Program. Using an event-study model, the study finds that disability onset decreased marriage among beneficiaries, but only at younger ages. The study further examines whether the effect of disability on marriage is due to formation, dissolution, or both, and whether the effect varies by educational attainment and subsequent mortality. The results highlight the importance of marriage selection in the oft-cited relationship between marriage and better health.


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