Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

OASDI Benefit Award Data

Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

OASDI Benefit Award Data

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The OASDI benefit award data in this edition of the Annual Statistical Supplement are derived from two sources:

(1) Monthly award data. The Master Beneficiary Record (MBR) is the major administrative data base for the Social Security program. It is used for the calculation of benefits and the maintenance of information about beneficiaries. Each month, when the MBR is updated, a record of award actions is created. This record is used to prepare award data on a 100-percent basis. Data available each month include types of benefits awarded, sex of beneficiary, and the monthly benefit amounts payable. These data are used to update the time-series tables.

(2) Award data from the OASDI 1-Percent Sample. This source provides monthly award data based on a l-percent sample derived from the MBR. The 12 monthly files are combined to produce an annual file. In this Supplement, the 1-percent sample was used to prepare award tables for 1993, which show detailed data by age, sex, and type of benefit, and distributions by benefit amount. Award data from the 1-percent sample are similar to the data described above. …

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