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. 63, No. 4, 2000

Early Retirees under Social Security: Health Status and Economic Resources
Policies that would reduce or eliminate Social Security benefits for early retirees could have adverse consequences for older workers in poor health. This article documents the health and financial circumstances of beneficiaries aged 62-64. It examines...
How Raising the Age of Eligibility for Social Security and Medicare Might Affect the Disability Insurance and Medicare Programs
This article considers two hypothetical scenarios-one in which the Medicare eligibility age is raised to 67 along with the scheduled increase in the normal retirement age, and one in which eligibility for both programs is raised to age 70. It then projects...
HRS Data Set: Respondent Earnings and Social Security Benefits Files
Introduction The HRS Respondent Earnings and Social Security Benefits Files (RESSBF) were created for researchers working with the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The files provide data on earnings histories, labor market attachment, and Social Security...
Lifetime Earnings Patterns, the Distribution of Future Social Security Benefits, and the Impact of Pension Reform
PERSPECTIVES Policymakers have long been interested in understanding the adequacy and distribution of Social Security benefits and in predicting the effects of reform on representative workers. This article describes two new methods for estimating the...
Older Worker's Progression from Private Disability Benefits to Social Security Disability Benefits
by Christopher C. Wagner, Carolyn E. Danczyk-Hawley, Kathryn Mulholland, and Bruce G. Flynn* Summary People with medical conditions that limit their ability to work tend to receive short-term disability benefits initially and may then move to long-term...
Public Pension Reform in Japan
Public Pension Reform in Japan Summary The March 2000 pension reform in Japan focused on the long-term financial sustainability of the country's twotiered public pension system. The government opted for incremental changes in order to maintain pension...
Retirement Outcomes in the Health and Retirement Study
This study examines retirement outcomes in the first four waves of the 1992-1998 Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The article compares outcomes under alternative definitions of retirement, describes differences in outcomes among demographic groups,...
The Erosion of Retiree Health Benefits and Retirement Behavior: Implications for the Disability Insurance Program
Summary The effects of retiree health insurance on the decision to retire have not been examined until recently. It is an area of increasing significance because of rising health care costs for retirees, the uncertain future of Medicare, and increased...
Variation of Employee Benefit Costs by Age
Summary Health care, pension, and disability plans account for the bulk of employers' benefit costs, as defined in this article. Because those costs tend to rise as employees get older, the age structure of the workforce affects not only employers' costs...
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