Children Receiving OASDI and SSI by State and County, 1970-2019: Description and Fifty Years of Data
This paper describes the digitization and analysis of county-level data from Social Security Administration publications reporting children receiving Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income. Data sets are created that begin in the 1970s and go through until 2019, which are merged with population data to create rates of receipt in the population. The variables are described and then used to analyze patterns in receipt across counties and over time. Other county-level data are also merged with these data to examine what is correlated with the number of beneficiaries and recipients at the county level. The data will be made freely available for use in examining a wide variety of questions around social insurance.