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Option value and dynamic programming model estimates of social security disability insurance application timing

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This paper develops dynamic structural models - an option value model and a dynamic programming model - of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application timing decision. We estimate the time to application from the point at which a health condition first begins to affect the kind or amount of work that a currently employed person can do. We use Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and restricted access Social Security earnings data for estimation. Based on tests of both in-sample and out-of-sample predictive accuracy, our option value model performs better than both our dynamic programming model and our reduced form hazard model.

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Richard V. Burkhauser, J. S. Butler, Gulcin Gumus

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20178

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