Injecting Competition into Public-Sector Return to Work: Prospects for the "Ticket to Work" Initiative
David H. Dean
Robert C. Dolan
Robert M. Schmidt
The Ticket to Work legislation (1999) introduces private-sector competition into the provision of return-to-work services for persons with disabilities who receive Disability Insurance (DI) payments. This article examines the likely effects of the Ticket to Work initiative using data from the Social Security Administration's Project NetWork experiment (1993-98). The analysis demonstrates that the efficacy of the Ticket to Work program will depend on whether the private sector replaces the vocational rehabilitative services currently provided by the public sector, or whether it expands the delivery of services-both in terms of the level and range of services provided, as well as increasing the portion of DI beneficiaries receiving services. (JEL "H4", "I0", "J2") Copyright 2003 Western Economic Association International.
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