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. 64, No. 4, 2001

Does Retirement Education Teach People to Save Pension Distributions?
Education about retirement affects how employees use distributions from their defined contribution pension plans. Retirement education substantially increases the probability that participants age 40 and under will save a distribution but decreases the...
Message from the Acting Associate Commissioner
Social Security's Office of Policy is taking further steps to make our analyses, research, and statistics more accessible and easy to use. This issue of the Bulletin includes results from a survey we conducted of satisfaction with our products. Based...
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Wealth and Asset Choices
Analysis of the wealth held by white, black, and Hispanic households points to differences in saving behavior, notably a disinclination on the part of minority households to invest in riskier, higher-yielding financial assets. This finding may account...
Recent Changes to the Chilean System of Individual Accounts*
Chile was the first country to replace its public pay-as-you-go system with individual accounts. Since its inception in 1981, the new program has undergone a number of changes that offer workers more choices than they had before. Recent modifications...
Results of the Office of Policy's 2001 User Satisfaction Survey
Results of a 2001 Gallup poll indicate that the majority of users of the Social Security Administration 's (SSA's) research, statistical, and policy products are satisfied with them and with the agency's performance in identifying and working on new...
Social Security Reform in Central and Eastern Europe: Variations on a Latin American Theme
The Latin American model of social security reform with individual accounts has been adopted by a number of Central and Eastern European countries. That alternative to a pay-as-you-go system is sometimes advocated as a desirable model for solving problems...