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e61 Academic Lounge Session with Manasi Deshpande, Associate Professor of Economics (University of Chicago)

27 August @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm AEST

Free

Time & Location

Tuesday 27th August 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
MQU City Campus, Level 24/123 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2109

 

About the event

Evaluating Recent Crackdowns on Disability Benefits: Effects on Household Income and Health Care Utilization in Australia” (with Greg Kaplan, Tobias Leigh-Wood, and Yalun Su)

 

Abstract

Many developed countries have responded to increases in disability insurance enrollment by tightening eligibility criteria and removing current recipients. Using Australian administrative data, we evaluate the effects of this increased stringency in Australia’s Disability Support Pension (DSP) on the earnings, income, and health care utilization of disability recipients. We take advantage of a 2014 reform that tightened eligibility criteria for current recipients based on birth date and date of DSP entry. We find that removing young beneficiaries from DSP leads them to replace about one-half of the lost DSP income with income from other government programs (primarily Newstart Allowance) and another one-third with labor market earnings. In addition, spouses and parents of DSP recipients have strong labor market responses to the individual’s DSP removal. As a result, on net we estimate that DSP removal has no effect on total household income. Turning to health care utilization, we find an increase in the use of prescription drugs, driven by drugs used to treat mental health conditions, especially antipsychotics. Evidence suggests that the most likely explanation for the increase in antipsychotic prescriptions is the loss of DSP benefits and the resulting shift to work. We discuss the welfare implications of our findings.

 

Bio

Manasi Deshpande is an associate professor of economics with tenure at the University of Chicago Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research interests include the optimal design of social safety net programs, their interaction with labor markets, and their effects on consumption, health, and well-being. She has received the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, NSF CAREER award, and William T. Grant Scholarship. Her dissertation on the long-term effects of disability programs received the 2015 APPAM Dissertation Award, the 2015 Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award, and the 2016 NASI John Heinz Dissertation Award. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Becker-Friedman Institute.

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27 August
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm AEST
Cost:
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e61 Institute
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Level 3/17-21 Bellevue Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Australia

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e61 Academic Lounge Session with Manasi Deshpande, Associate Professor of Economics (University of Chicago)

27 August @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm AEST

Free

Time & Location

Tuesday 27th August 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
MQU City Campus, Level 24/123 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2109

 

About the event

Evaluating Recent Crackdowns on Disability Benefits: Effects on Household Income and Health Care Utilization in Australia” (with Greg Kaplan, Tobias Leigh-Wood, and Yalun Su)

 

Abstract

Many developed countries have responded to increases in disability insurance enrollment by tightening eligibility criteria and removing current recipients. Using Australian administrative data, we evaluate the effects of this increased stringency in Australia’s Disability Support Pension (DSP) on the earnings, income, and health care utilization of disability recipients. We take advantage of a 2014 reform that tightened eligibility criteria for current recipients based on birth date and date of DSP entry. We find that removing young beneficiaries from DSP leads them to replace about one-half of the lost DSP income with income from other government programs (primarily Newstart Allowance) and another one-third with labor market earnings. In addition, spouses and parents of DSP recipients have strong labor market responses to the individual’s DSP removal. As a result, on net we estimate that DSP removal has no effect on total household income. Turning to health care utilization, we find an increase in the use of prescription drugs, driven by drugs used to treat mental health conditions, especially antipsychotics. Evidence suggests that the most likely explanation for the increase in antipsychotic prescriptions is the loss of DSP benefits and the resulting shift to work. We discuss the welfare implications of our findings.

 

Bio

Manasi Deshpande is an associate professor of economics with tenure at the University of Chicago Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research interests include the optimal design of social safety net programs, their interaction with labor markets, and their effects on consumption, health, and well-being. She has received the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, NSF CAREER award, and William T. Grant Scholarship. Her dissertation on the long-term effects of disability programs received the 2015 APPAM Dissertation Award, the 2015 Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award, and the 2016 NASI John Heinz Dissertation Award. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Becker-Friedman Institute.

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Date:
27 August
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm AEST
Cost:
Free

Organizer

e61 Institute
Email
contact@e61.in
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Venue

e61 Institute
Level 3/17-21 Bellevue Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Australia

RSVP

2 Going
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Time & Location

Tuesday 27th August 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
MQU City Campus, Level 24/123 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2109

 

About the event

Evaluating Recent Crackdowns on Disability Benefits: Effects on Household Income and Health Care Utilization in Australia” (with Greg Kaplan, Tobias Leigh-Wood, and Yalun Su)

 

Abstract

Many developed countries have responded to increases in disability insurance enrollment by tightening eligibility criteria and removing current recipients. Using Australian administrative data, we evaluate the effects of this increased stringency in Australia’s Disability Support Pension (DSP) on the earnings, income, and health care utilization of disability recipients. We take advantage of a 2014 reform that tightened eligibility criteria for current recipients based on birth date and date of DSP entry. We find that removing young beneficiaries from DSP leads them to replace about one-half of the lost DSP income with income from other government programs (primarily Newstart Allowance) and another one-third with labor market earnings. In addition, spouses and parents of DSP recipients have strong labor market responses to the individual’s DSP removal. As a result, on net we estimate that DSP removal has no effect on total household income. Turning to health care utilization, we find an increase in the use of prescription drugs, driven by drugs used to treat mental health conditions, especially antipsychotics. Evidence suggests that the most likely explanation for the increase in antipsychotic prescriptions is the loss of DSP benefits and the resulting shift to work. We discuss the welfare implications of our findings.

 

Bio

Manasi Deshpande is an associate professor of economics with tenure at the University of Chicago Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research interests include the optimal design of social safety net programs, their interaction with labor markets, and their effects on consumption, health, and well-being. She has received the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, NSF CAREER award, and William T. Grant Scholarship. Her dissertation on the long-term effects of disability programs received the 2015 APPAM Dissertation Award, the 2015 Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award, and the 2016 NASI John Heinz Dissertation Award. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Becker-Friedman Institute.

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e61 Academic Lounge Session with Rachael Meager, Associate Professor (UNSW Business School)

14 August @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST

Free

Time & Location

Wednesday 14th August, 2024, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
e61 Institute, Level 3/17-21 Bellevue Street Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

 

About the event

Subject and Abstract to be advised

 

Bio

My research interests lie in the intersection of Bayesian statistics, econometrics and development economics. I most often do applied econometrics aimed at measuring generalisability and quantifying uncertainty around our knowledge base in development economics and economics more broadly.  I focus on Bayesian modelling of treatment effect heterogeneity at multiple levels within data sets and literatures.

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Date:
14 August
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm AEST
Cost:
Free

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e61 Institute
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e61 Academic Lounge Session with Manasi Deshpande, Associate Professor of Economics (University of Chicago)

27 August @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm AEST

Free

Time & Location

Tuesday 27th August 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
MQU City Campus, Level 24/123 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2109

 

About the event

Evaluating Recent Crackdowns on Disability Benefits: Effects on Household Income and Health Care Utilization in Australia” (with Greg Kaplan, Tobias Leigh-Wood, and Yalun Su)

 

Abstract

Many developed countries have responded to increases in disability insurance enrollment by tightening eligibility criteria and removing current recipients. Using Australian administrative data, we evaluate the effects of this increased stringency in Australia’s Disability Support Pension (DSP) on the earnings, income, and health care utilization of disability recipients. We take advantage of a 2014 reform that tightened eligibility criteria for current recipients based on birth date and date of DSP entry. We find that removing young beneficiaries from DSP leads them to replace about one-half of the lost DSP income with income from other government programs (primarily Newstart Allowance) and another one-third with labor market earnings. In addition, spouses and parents of DSP recipients have strong labor market responses to the individual’s DSP removal. As a result, on net we estimate that DSP removal has no effect on total household income. Turning to health care utilization, we find an increase in the use of prescription drugs, driven by drugs used to treat mental health conditions, especially antipsychotics. Evidence suggests that the most likely explanation for the increase in antipsychotic prescriptions is the loss of DSP benefits and the resulting shift to work. We discuss the welfare implications of our findings.

 

Bio

Manasi Deshpande is an associate professor of economics with tenure at the University of Chicago Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research interests include the optimal design of social safety net programs, their interaction with labor markets, and their effects on consumption, health, and well-being. She has received the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, NSF CAREER award, and William T. Grant Scholarship. Her dissertation on the long-term effects of disability programs received the 2015 APPAM Dissertation Award, the 2015 Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award, and the 2016 NASI John Heinz Dissertation Award. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Becker-Friedman Institute.

Details

Date:
27 August
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm AEST
Cost:
Free

Organizer

e61 Institute
Email
contact@e61.in
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Venue

e61 Institute
Level 3/17-21 Bellevue Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010 Australia

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