Richard Burkhauser's research focuses on how public policies affect the economic behavior and well-being of vulnerable populations, e.g., older persons, people with disabilities, and low-income households. He has published widely on these topics in journals of demography, economics, gerontology, as well as public policy.
B.A., Economics, St. Vincent College M.A., Economics, Rutgers University Ph.D., Economics, University of Chicago
The rapid rise in caseloads and costs in the Social Security Disability Insurance program is worrisome when put in the context of the broader goals program-to protect the economic well-being of people with disabilities. Since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the employment of those with disabilities has declined and their household income has remained flat.
The latest Social Security Administration data document that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) rolls reached a record high of 8.85 million in March 2013, an increase of 1.6 million or 21 percent since the start of the Great Recession in 2007.