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Many countries implement policies to promote labor market inclusion of disability support recipients. It is unclear whether such measures work. We exploit a quasi-experimental setting in Australia where compulsory job counseling was introduced in 2012 affecting only those social security disability insurance (DI) recipients below age 35. Using longitudinal administrative data on all DI recipients and applying a difference-in difference estimator, we find that the policy was largely ineffective and neither improved employment nor earnings.

Dr Sonja Kassenboehmer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics at Monash Business School. Her research focuses on mental health economics and policy evaluation with a particular focus on the mental health of disadvantaged populations. Her research projects investigate the impact of insecure work and financial stress on decision-making, productivity and life
outcomes. Sonja’s articles can be found in such journals as the Economic Journal, Industrial and Labour Relations Review, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Labour Economics, Journal of Human Capital and Journal of Economic Psychology.

Who: Dr Sonja Kassenboehmer, Monash University
When: Wednesday 12th February -1pm
Where: University of Technology Sydney CB05D.02.20


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