Early Retirement and DI/SSI Applications

Edited by Rena M. Conti, Ernst R. Berndt and Richard G. Frank

in Health at Older Ages

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780226132310
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226132327 | DOI:
Early Retirement and DI/SSI Applications

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This chapter investigates the particular impact of one major mental health condition—depression—on disability enrollment, as well as its effect on work-related activity. The results of estimation strategies indicate that depression decreases work, increases early retirement, and increases DI/SSI applications. The baseline depression alone seems to have a greater impact on predicting DI/SSI applications than incident physical illness alone. The indirect effect of depression and widowhood appears to be greater for men than for women. The data then reveal that mental illness alone and in combination with physical illness exert significant effects on retirement behavior and DI/SSI applications consistent with recent disability application and recipiency trends. Furthermore, the interaction between depression and physical illness is substantial and significantly impacts DI/SSI applications.

Keywords: depression; disability; mental health; work; early retirement; DI; SSI; widowhood; physical illness

Chapter.  10431 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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