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Social Security Disability Law and the American Labor Market

Jon C. Dubin


This book examines how the Social Security Administration determines eligibility for disability benefits based on ability to make work adjustments to jobs in the economy. It examines program history and the agency’s complex adjudicatory processes, as well as the federal judicial framework, through analysis of the SSA’s use of the administrative notice doctrine and vocational expert testimony, including its development and use of unique “grid” regulations with predetermined medical-vocational conclusions and rules upon which to base work adjustment assessments. It explores why that system is br ... More

Keywords: Social Security Administration, disability benefits, labor market, vocational expert testimony, welfare reform legislation, “grid” regulations, administrative notice doctrine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479811014
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479811014.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon C. Dubin, author
Rutgers Law School

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Front Matter

Part One The History and Evolution of Labor Market Considerations in the Social Security Disability Benefits Programs

Part Two Labor Market Work Adjustment Assessments and the Social Security Administration’s Basic Adjudicative System

Part Three The Conceptual and Adjudicative Structure of the Grid Regulations

Part Four The Empirical and Taxonomic Foundation for Labor Market Work Adjustment Assessments

Part Five Alternatives to the Current SSA Disability System, the Twenty-First Century Low-Skill Labor Market, and the Contemporary Call for Disability Benefits Reform