Please join the Barney School of Business Dean Marty Roth in congratulating Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics Frank Georges on his recent conference presentation. Frank presented "The Effect of Incarceration on Disability Insurance Applications" at the Eastern Economic Association meeting in New York City on February 25, 2017.
Does prison cause physical and mental disabilities that increase the chance of a Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) application? Measuring this requires considering any endogeneity that predisposes ex-inmates to a DI application prior to incarceration. To do this, I use the instruments of states’ minimum wages and legal high school dropout ages to explore the effect of increasing incarceration numbers on state-level DI applications from 1994 to 2007. Prison has a significant effect on DI applications; a 1.0% increase in incarceration causes approximately a 0.5% increase in DI applications six years after the initial increase in incarceration numbers.