Tested the impact on employment and earnings of a graduated $1-for-$2 benefit offset for earnings over current rules that eliminate Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits entirely when beneficiaries reach the SSDI Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level.

"This study evaluated impacts on employment and earnings levels among people with disabilities of eliminating the "cash cliff" aspect of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, in which beneficiaries lose their entire cash benefit when their earnings reach the SSDI Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level. The alternative tested was a graduated $1-for-$2 benefit offset for earnings. Findings demonstrated that an SSDI offset can have a significant, large, and enduring effect on the SGA earnings rate of certain beneficiaries, but that the effect may be limited to a subset of individuals, and may be enhanced when paired with healthcare protection" (Abstractor: Author)

Full Publication Title: Effects on Beneficiary Employment and Earnings of a Graduated $1-for-$2 Benefit Offset for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)