Research, Statistics, & Policy Analysis

Welcome to the Social Security Administration's site for research, program statistics, and policy analysis. On this site you will find:


Recently Released

Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 69 No. 1

(released May 2009)

Includes articles on:

  • Earnings Sharing in Social Security: Projected Impacts of Alternative Proposals Using the MINT Model
  • Examining Social Security Benefits as a Retirement Resource for Near-Retirees, by Race and Ethnicity, Nativity, and Disability Status
  • Elderly Poverty and Supplemental Security Income
  • Uses of Administrative Data at the Social Security Administration

SSI Monthly Statistics, March 2009

(released April 2009)

These monthly tables provide statistics for federally administered payments and awards under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. The statistics include the number of people who receive payments (by eligibility category and age), the type of payment they receive (federal payment only, state supplementation only, or both), and the amount of the monthly payment (total and average).

International Update, April 2009

(released April 2009)

This monthly publication covers recent developments in foreign private and public pensions, social security, and retirement.

Social Security and Marginal Returns to Work Near Retirement

Issue Paper No. 2009-02 (released April 2009)

Using the Social Security Administration's MINT (Modeling Income in the Near Term) model, this paper calculates the marginal returns to work near retirement, as measured by the increase in benefits associated with an additional year of employment at the end of an individual's work life. With exceptions for certain population subgroups, the analysis finds that marginal returns on Social Security taxes paid near retirement are generally low. The paper also tests the effects on marginal returns of a variety of potential Social Security policy changes designed to improve incentives to work.

This document is available in the following formats: HTML  PDF

Social Security Programs Throughout the World: Asia and the Pacific, 2008

(released March 2009)

This report, which is part of a four-volume series, provides a cross-national comparison of the social security systems in 48 countries in Asia and the Pacific. It summarizes the five main social insurance programs in those countries: old-age, disability, and survivors; sickness and maternity; work injury; unemployment; and family allowances. The other regional volumes in the series focus on the social security systems of countries in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Together, the reports provide important information for researchers and policymakers who are reviewing different ways of approaching social security challenges and adapting the systems to the evolving needs of individuals, households, and families.

Quick Facts

Annual Statistical Supplement

The Supplement is a major resource for data on the nation's social insurance and welfare programs. The majority of the statistical tables present information about programs administered by the Social Security Administration—the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance programs, known collectively as Social Security, and the Supplemental Security Income program. In addition, data are presented on the major health care programs—Medicare and Medicaid—and income-maintenance programs. The Supplement also includes program summaries and legislative histories that help users of the data understand these programs.

The next complete edition of the Supplement is expected in December 2009. Subsections will be posted on a flow basis as they become available. Data for the edition currently in progress are preliminary and subject to revision until the edition is complete.

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Related Sites

FedStats - The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. federal agencies.

Social Security Online - The official Web site of the Social Security Administration. It provides information about Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance benefits; Supplemental Security Income; and wage reporting for employers.

SSA's Office of the Chief Actuary - Office responsible for the overall review of the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability program's balance between future benefit liabilities and future tax collections.

NOTE: Effective with the December 2007 OASDI data, persons wanting detailed monthly OASDI information should visit the Office of the Actuary's Web site for Beneficiary Data. The OASDI snapshot tables will still be provided by the Office of Retirement and Disability Policy.

Extramural Research

Retirement Research Consortium (RRC)

The RRC comprises three multidisciplinary research centers funded through cooperative agreements with the Social Security Administration. The centers are located at Boston College, the University of Michigan, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. These centers provide research and policy analysis to inform decisionmakers and the public about issues critical to the Social Security program. The RRC has three main goals: conduct research and evaluation, disseminate findings on retirement research, and train scholars and practitioners. Learn more about the RRC.