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. 58, No. 2, Summer

Actuarial Status of the Social Security and Medicare Programs
The 1995 Annual Reports of the Boards of Trustees detail the operations of the four trust funds that have been established by law to finance the Social Security and Medicare programs. For Social Security, the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI)...
A Guide to Social Security Money's Worth Issues
The question of whether workers receive their money's worth from Social Security has received a great deal of public attention. Most analysts agree that past retirees have generally received benefits worth well in excess of the taxes that they paid....
Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform
On November 5, 1993, President Clinton issued Executive Order 12878 establishing the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement Reform, charged with recommending long-term budget saving measures involving (1) revisions to statutory entitlement and other mandatory...
European Union Striving for Gender Equality
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is the highest judicial organ of the European Union (EU) and ECJ decisions are binding on all member States. In 1976, (Defrenne v. Sabena), the ECJ held that Article 119 of the Treaty of Rome, which dealt with discrimination...
Mortality and Income Inequality among Economically Developed Countries
Today's samurai are a shade sturdier that the new Vikings. Mr. Average Japan is the world's new long-life champion, with a span of over 73.3 years, while his Swedish, Norwegian and Dutch rivals bow out not quite a year before. The toughest person of...
Public Social Welfare Expenditures, Fiscal Year 1992
Expenditures for social welfare under public law amounted to $1,265.1 billion in fiscal year 1992, an increase of 8.9 percent over the previous year. The 1992 amount represented 21.3 percent of the national output of goods and services, as measured by...
The Distribution of OASDI Taxes and Benefits by Income Decile
This article presents tabulations of the distribution by income decile of taxes and benefits in 1992 under the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) programs. Looking at the population as a whole, average taxes and the share of aggregate...
Update of Chilean Health Care System
In 1981, the same year the Chile introduced its private pension program, the government gave individuals the option of remaining under the old government health care program or of joining a new private program intended to provide more comprehensive care....
Update on Colombian Pension and Health Care Reform
Colombia's Law 100, passed in December 1993. provides for reform of the public pension and health care programs. The pension component of the law established a private system (effective April 1994), similar to the Chilean model, which created pension-fund...
Workers' Compensation: Coverage, Benefits, and Costs, 1992-93
Benefit payments and employer costs under workers' compensation programs in the United States experienced both growth and decline during the 1991-93 period. Benefits were $42.2 billion in 1991, $44.7 billion in 1992, and $42.9 billion in 1993 (table...