RDRC - Background
Social Security is the foundation of retirement and disability income support in the United States. Three key programs operate in an environment of changing demographics, population health, longevity, labor markets, economic conditions, government finances, household finances, and related public and private programs.
- The age-based program, Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI), provides monthly income to 52 million retired workers, dependents, and survivors.
- Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) provides income to people who develop severe work-limiting disabilities.
- The Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) provides income to low-income adults and children with disabilities regardless of work history, as well as to low-income people over age 65.
RDRC affiliated researchers, from universities throughout the United States as well as abroad, conduct research with an emphasis on five key areas:
1. Enrollment Trends and Determinants
- Disability Incidence and SSDI/SSI Enrollment
- Demographics and OASDI Enrollment
- Economic Conditions and Labor Markets
2. Measuring Sources of Income and Adequacy
- Financial Wellbeing of Program Beneficiaries
- Low-Income Households and Financial Distress
- Retirement Savings
3. Labor Force Participation
- Social Security and Retirement Disability
- Disability Policy and Work
- Workplace Accommodations
4. Program Operations
- Communication and Behavior
- Disability Application Review and Screening
- Informing Projections
5. Related Programs and Program Interactions
- Pension Programs
- Other Disability Insurance Programs
- Health Insurance
- Other Programs and Policies
The research reported herein was performed pursuant to grant #RDR18000003 from the US Social Security Administration (SSA) funded as part of the Retirement and Disability Research Consortium. The opinions and conclusions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not represent the opinions or policy of NBER, SSA or any agency of the Federal Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of the contents of this report. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof.