Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Social Security Administration Public-Use Microdata Files

Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Social Security Administration Public-Use Microdata Files

Article excerpt

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is making available two public-use microdata files drawn from SSA program files. One file is based on administrative data for the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program and the other on administrative data for the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. These files are valuable because they allow for statistical analysis that cannot be met by tabular information prepared as part of a standard statistical publications program or by other special-purpose tabulations. The files are subsamples of administrative data on these programs that have had all identifiers removed to protect individual privacy.

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Information about beneficiaries that is needed to administer the OASDI program resides on SSA's Master Beneficiary Record (MBR) file, which in December 2001 contained records for approximately 46 million individuals who were entitled to receive an OASDI benefit for that month. The OASDI Public-Use Microdata File contains an extract of data fields from the MBR and consists of a 1 percent random, representative sample of persons entitled to receive an OASDI benefit payment for December 2001. This file contains approximately 460,000 records, with 16 data fields on each record.

Information about recipients that is needed to administer the federal SSI program resides on the Supplemental security Record (SSR) file, which in December 2001 contained records for approximately 6.4 million individuals who received a federal SSI benefit for that month. The SSI Public-Use Microdata File contains an extract of data fields from the SSR and consists of a 5 percent random, representative sample of persons who received a federal SSI benefit in December 2001. …

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