Research & Analysis by Tim Kelley

Considerations for Potential Proposals to Change the Earliest Eligibility Age for Retirement
Policy Brief No. 2007-01 (released October 2007)
by Pat Vinkenes, Alice H. Wade, Mark A. Sarney, and Tim Kelley

The earliest eligibility age (EEA) interacts with many other Social Security program rules, including the benefit formula and insured status requirements. Proposals to increase the EEA could affect some or all of these other rules depending on how policymakers design the proposal. By using a hypothetical proposal that increases the EEA, this policy brief illustrates how these interactions work and discusses the options that policymakers would need to consider.