Incentives for the identification and treatment of children with disabilities: The supplemental security income program

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This paper examines how Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit availability and generosity affect the probability that families identify health problems in their children and move onto the SSI rolls. First, I observe that a liberalization of SSI eligibility in 1990 was followed by a substantial re-evaluation of the health status of low-income children by their parents. Then, I find that increases in SSI benefits raise the likelihood that a family identifies a chronic impairment in their child. My results indicate that cash assistance targeted on children with disabilities promotes the detection and treatment of medical problems in low-income children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-215
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 1999



  • Child health
  • H53
  • I12
  • J13
  • Supplemental security income

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Finance

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