Immigrant Networks and the Take-Up of Disability Programs: Evidence from US Census Data

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Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 15.07.2014, 12:15 - 13:30

   

Presentation by 

Delia Furtado (University of Connecticut)
   

Abstract:

This paper examines the role of ethnic networks in disability program take-up among workingage immigrants in the United States. We find that even when controlling for country of origin and area of residence fixed effects, immigrants residing amidst a large number of co-ethnics are more likely to receive disability payments when their ethnic groups have higher take-up rates. Although this pattern can be partially explained by cross-group differences in satisfying the work history or income and asset requirements of the disability programs, we also present evidence suggesting that social norms play an important role.

   
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