Mathematica is identifying innovative interventions and initiatives that may be relevant to the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) client/customer population, and will develop research and evaluation design options for generating new evidence in the field.
- Employment for workers and veterans with disabilities
- Disability policy analysis and program evaluation
- Survey and administrative data related to disability and disability programs
- Access to health care
- Health and Access to Care
- Statistics and Measurements
- Human Services
Yonatan Ben-Shalom specializes in policies and programs related to the employment and income of people with disabilities, particularly those who acquire disability in adulthood such as workers and veterans. Since joining Mathematica in 2009, Ben-Shalom has worked on a range of projects in disability, labor, and health. Currently, he leads evaluation technical assistance for the Retaining Employment and Talent After Injury/Illness Network (RETAIN), a demonstration that tests promising early interventions for improving the labor force participation and retention of people who recently sustained injuries and disabilities. From 2013 to 2016, he directed the U.S. Department of Labor’s Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative, which was instrumental in the development of RETAIN. Ben-Shalom has also served as principal investigator for numerous studies funded under the Social Security Administration’s Disability Research Consortium and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers.
Ben-Shalom, a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, has published widely in journals such as Demography, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, and the Social Security Bulletin and coedited special journal volumes for the Journal of Disability Policy Studies and the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. He has also written commissioned book chapters in The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty, SSDI Solutions: Ideas to Strengthen the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, and Investing in America’s Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Workers’ Compensation and the Opioid Epidemic: Analysis and Research Design Options
Disability Research Consortium
Mathematica is one of two policy research centers that lead the SSA's Disability Research Consortium. The DRC fosters new research from a team of disability policy experts from Mathematica and three universities.
Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative—S@W/R2W
The Office of Disability Employment Policy has a strong interest in advancing policies and programs that promote positive stay-at-work/return-to-work (SAW/RTW) outcomes for workers who experience a chronic illness, disability, or medical condition.
New Interactive Maps Help Inform Disability-Inclusive Disaster Planning
New interactive maps show how many people with disabilities are living in areas at higher risk of natural disasters to help aid more disability-inclusive disaster planning and responses at the local level.
Mathematica Experts to Speak at Disability Data Conference
Mathematica experts to speak at conference on disability statistics.
The Employment/Eligibility Service (EES) System
The authors of a new working paper describe a proposal that would start the modernization of economic security for workers who experience work-threatening medical conditions by creating a new gateway for them to access employment supports and SSDI benefits.