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dc.creatorEssak, Balen Victor
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-22T14:54:15Z
dc.date.available2020-05-22T14:54:15Z
dc.date.created2020
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.wlu.edu/handle/11021/34756
dc.descriptionThesis; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]en_US
dc.descriptionBalen V. Essak is a member of the Class of 2020 of Washington and Lee University.en_US
dc.description.abstractI examine the connection between prescription opioid use and Social Security Disability Insurance in the United States. Previous research has found that a correlation exists between opioids and disability rates, but little work has been done to understand whether a causal relationship exists between the two. I perform a county-level analysis using two exogenous shocks to prescription opioid rates, a 2010 reformulation of OxyContin and the implementation of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs, to examine whether prescription opioid rates affect disability rates. The reformulation strategy yields no significant results. The strategy exploiting cross-state differences in mandatory Prescription Drug Monitoring Program implementation timing, however, yields results that are negative and significant. This finding supports previous research and suggests that increasing prescription rates cause more people to become addicted to opioids and try to leave the labor market through channels including disability insurance.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityBalen V. Essak
dc.format.extent37 pagesen_US
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dc.subject.otherWashington and Lee University -- Honors in Economicsen_US
dc.titlePleasure and Pain: The Connection Between Opioid Prescriptions and Social Security Disability Insurance in the U.S.en_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.rights.holderEssak, Balen Victor
dc.subject.fastOpioid abuseen_US
dc.subject.fastSocial Security Disability Insurance Program (U.S.)en_US
dc.subject.fastDrug abuse -- Economic aspectsen_US


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