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The Bulletin on Retirement and Disability

A free digital quarterly summarizing research in the NBER's Retirement and Disability Research Center
The recent policy debate over a possible increase in the federal minimum wage has renewed interest in understanding its effects. While much attention has been paid to possible effects of minimum wage increases on employment, their potential effects on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program have received far less scrutiny. SSDI applications increase during times of high unemployment, suggesting that the demand for SSDI is affected by the availability of...

To understand whether older Americans have adequate financial resources to fund their retirement years, it is necessary to have accurate information about late-life income and assets. Several recent studies have suggested that administrative data and more widely-used survey data do not always provide the same picture of retirement resources. In The Evolution of Late-Life Income and Assets: Measurement in IRS Tax Data and Three Household Surveys (NBER RDRC Working...
Individuals with a disabling health condition often experience lower income and higher medical expenses in the wake of disability onset, leading to reduced consumption and well-being. If these individuals are cash-constrained, the value of benefits may be particularly high at the beginning of benefit receipt. In this case, receiving a lump sum could improve beneficiary outcomes more than receiving smaller monthly payments. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)...

The NBER Retirement and Disability Research Center (RDRC) has two competitive training programs for junior scholars. The RDRC is funded by a cooperative agreement with the Social Security Administration through its Retirement and Disability Research Consortium. In a typical year, the programs provide training and education for two or three pre-doctoral scholars and two post-doctoral fellows who are engaged in research focused on topics related to Social Security's Old-Age...
Recently released papers NB20-17: The Minimum Wage and Social Security Disability Insurance, by Mark Duggan and Gopi Shah Goda Abstract: Several factors influence the decision to apply for benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs, which provided valuable benefits to over 16 million individuals in June 2020. In this study, we examine how changes in the minimum wage affect the number of applications to...

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