Research and Analysis by Austin Nichols

Economic Conditions and Supplemental Security Income Application
from Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 77, No. 4 (released November 2017)
by Austin Nichols, Lucie Schmidt, and Purvi Sevak

In this article, the authors examine the relationship between prevailing economic conditions and the likelihood of application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments by jobless adults with disabilities. Using data for 1996–2010 from the Survey of Income and Program Participation linked to Social Security administrative records, the authors observe samples of jobless individuals and examine the state-level unemployment rates at both the time their unemployment spell began and at the time they applied for SSI.