Yonatan Ben-Shalom

Yonatan Ben-Shalom

Principal Researcher
Name Pronunciation: yaw-nuh-TAHN ben-sha-LOM
Pronouns: him/his
  • 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
Focus Areas
  • Health
  • Disability
  • Health and Access to Care
  • Statistics and Measurements
  • Human Services
  • Employment
  • Veterans
About Yonatan

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.

Key Projects
  • 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.

Latest News
  • 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.