Social Security Bulletin

Bulletin reporting data on the operations of the Social Security Administration and the results of research and analysis pertinent to the social security program.

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 2, 2007

Estimates of Unreported Asset Income in the Survey of Consumer Finances and the Relative Importance of Social Security Benefits to the Elderly
IntroductionThroughout the 1990s and the early 2000s, the Social Security Administration's publication Income of the Population 55 or Older has reported a decline in the proportion of the elderly receiving asset income and a corresponding rise in the...
Have People Delayed Claiming Retirement Benefits? Responses to Changes in Social Security Rules
SummaryThis article examines changes in the age at which people claim Social Security retirement benefits in response to two recent changes in the Social Security rules: the removal of the retirement earnings test at ages 65 to 69 in 2000 and the gradual...
Hispanics, Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income
SummaryThe U.S. Census Bureau reports that Hispanics are the country's largest and fastest growing minority, representing about 14.4 percent of the population in 2005 (Census Bureau 2006b). By 2050, Hispanics will account for an estimated 24.4 percent...
How Postsecondary Education Improves Adult Outcomes for Supplemental Security Income Children with Severe Hearing Impairments
SummaryThe rapid growth in the number of children participating in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program before the age of 18 has led policymakers to consider new methods of assisting children with disabilities in their transition from school...
Measuring the Relative Importance of Social Security Benefits to the Elderly
IntroductionFinancial adequacy in retirement largely depends on Social Security, pensions, and savings-commonly referred to as the "three-legged stool" of retirement income. Correspondingly, the elderly who receive all of their income from Social Security...
The Impact of Survey Choice on Measuring the Relative Importance of Social Security Benefits to the Elderly
IntroductionThe Social Security Administration (SSA) produces a popular statistical series, Income of the Population 55 or Older, to meet the demand for statistics on the receipt of income from various sources, income distributions, aggregate income,...
The Impact of the Unit of Observation on the Measurement of the Relative Importance of Social Security Benefits to the Elderly
IntroductionFinancial adequacy in retirement largely depends on Social Security, pensions, and savings-commonly referred to as the "three-legged stool" of retirement income. Correspondingly, the elderly who receive all of their income from Social Security...
The Never-Married in Old Age: Projections and Concerns for the near Future
Summary and IntroductionUnderstanding how marital patterns affect the Social Security program and its beneficiaries has become an important policy and academic focus. Over the past several decades, a convergence of economic, demographic, and social changes...