This project will produce estimates of the health capacity or work ability of people with different types and degrees of health problems. A key focus of this project is on accommodation-sensitive individuals whose disabilities could be reduced with modifications to their work environment.

The Principal Investigator is Nicole Maestas.

If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Azzone.


Maestas Nicole, Mullen Kathleen J., Rennane Stephanie. Unmet Need for Workplace Accommodation. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 2019 Fall; 38(4): 1004–1027. Published online 2019 May 16. doi: 10.1002/pam.22148. PMCID: PMC6874222. PubMedFull Code.

Nicole Maestas. Identifying Work Capacity and Promoting Work: A Strategy for Modernizing the SSDI Program.  The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Volume: 686 issue: 1, page(s): 93-120. Article first published online: November 6, 2019. NIHMSID 1007327. PMCID in process.

Publicly Available Datasets Created

Lopez-Garcia Italo, Maestas Nicole, Mullen Kathleen. 2018. American Work Capacity and Abilities Survey. Santa Monica, CA. RAND American Life Panel (ALP). (Under Embargo until 7/1/20).

Maestas Nicole, Mullen Kathleen, Ravesteijn Bastian, Sherry Tisamarie. 2019. Health and Functional Capacity Survey. Santa Monica, CA. RAND American Life Panel (ALP).

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