Tightening the purse strings: The effect of stricter DI eligibility criteria on labor supply

  • Stefan Staubli Stefan Staubli

This paper explores the labor supply effects of a large-scale policy change in the Austrian disability insurance program, which tightened eligibility criteria for men above a certain age. Using administrative data on the universe of Austrian private-sector employees, the results of difference-in-difference type regressions suggest a substantial and statistically significant declinein disability enrollment of 5-5.7 percentage points and a modest increase in employment of 1.4 to 2.7 percentage points. On the other hand, the policy change had important spillover effects into the unemployment and sickness insurance program. Specifically, the share of individuals receiving unemployment benefits increased by roughly 3 and the share receiving sickness insurance benefits by 0.6 percentage points.

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