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dc.contributor.authorS Venkataramani, Atheendar
dc.contributor.authorO'Brien, Rourke
dc.identifier.citationVenkataramani, A. S., & O'Brien, R. (2020). Economic Opportunity, Drug Overdose Mortality, and Disability. Retirement & Disability Research Center.
dc.descriptionThis study investigates the role of fading economic opportunity in two significant trends faced by working-age adults in the United States: worsening mortality rates (particularly from drug overdoses) and rising rates of application to SSDI and SSI programs.en_US
dc.description.abstractRecent work has demonstrated rising drug overdose mortality following industrial decline due to exposure to foreign trade. Despite experiencing similar declines in manufacturing-sector opportunities, some areas of the United States have fared better than others with regards to both opioid overdose mortality and shares of workers claiming disability. This project aims to examine whether the relationship between declining economic opportunities in the manufacturing sector between 1999-2016 and both opioid overdose mortality and rising application and receipt of disability benefits varied across different local areas. We also aim to identify underlying socioeconomic, health sector, and policy factors that drive the different responses to economic decline. Specifically, the project will answer the following questions: Do areas vary in the extent to which opioid overdose mortality and disability benefit application and receipt rates rise as a consequence of manufacturing industry decline? Which socioeconomic and policy factors explain why opioid overdose mortality and SSI/SSDI application and receipt rise in some areas more than others following a similar decline in manufacturing employment opportunities? Answers to these questions have implications for the design and implementation of policies to alleviate worsening population health and disability in areas experiencing economic changes.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCenter for Financial Security, Retirement and Disability Research Consortium, U.S. Social Security Administration.en_US
dc.publisherCenter for Financial Securityen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesFY 2020 Papers;WI20-08
dc.subjectSocial Securityen_US
dc.titleWI20-08: Economic Opportunity, Drug Overdose Mortality, and Disabilityen_US
dc.title.alternativeDeclining Economic Opportunity, Rising Overdose Rates, & DI Receipten_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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