Young people with disabilities, particularly those who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), face unique challenges as they transition into adulthood. Even with targeted support services, they often fall behind their peers in their educational and economic attainment as adults.
- Program evaluation
- Randomized controlled trials
- Causal inference
- Supplemental Security Income
- Administrative data
- Early Childhood
- Human Services
Michael Levere’s main fields of research are early childhood and disability. His expertise is in designing and implementing program evaluations.
As part of his work on disability policy, Levere has led several projects in conjunction with the Disability Research Consortium. These projects include analyzing how Medicaid expansions in the late 1990s and early 2000s affected youth applications for Supplemental Security Income (SSI); using data from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to produce a compendium of statistics about suspensions and terminations of benefits due to work; and assessing how removal from their parents’ health insurance coverage at age 26 affects SSI applications from young adults. Levere has also worked on study designs and impact analyses for studies such as the Promoting Opportunity Demonstration and Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income. His dissertation research drew on SSA data to estimate the causal effect of SSI receipt in childhood on labor market earnings and adult disability benefit receipt.
Levere, who joined Mathematica in 2016, has been published in Management Science and has presented at many conferences across the nation. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego.