Identifying Work Capacity and Promoting Work: A Strategy for Modernizing the SSDI Program
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Detroit, MI 48202
19th Annual Waino Pihl Lecture in Economics
Department of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, which provides income support to individuals who become unable to work because of a disability, has not been substantially reformed since the 1980s, despite sweeping changes in health, medical technology, and
the functional requirements of jobs. I review how the SSDI program works, its history in terms of caseloads and reforms, and findings from the research evidence that offer lessons for the future. I then propose two interlocking reforms that would modernize the core functions of the program.