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Research and Analysis by Type

Extramural Research—Contractor Reports

The Social Security Administration extends its research capability by carrying out studies under contracts with other organizations.

Issue Papers

These papers summarize a complex issue in a comprehensible, concise paper with graphics.

ORES Working Papers

These are unedited papers prepared by staff in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics and published on our website as a resource for future research initiatives and to encourage discussion among the wider research community.

Policy Briefs

These briefs summarize MINT results for policy proposals or the history, rationale, or effects of current or proposed policies.

Research and Statistics Notes

These short notes provide addenda to material already published, summarize preliminary findings, or review or explain data or analysis tools/resources.

Retirement Research Consortium (RRC)

The RRC comprises three multidisciplinary research centers funded through cooperative agreements with the Social Security Administration. The three centers, located at Boston College, the University of Michigan, and the National Bureau of Economic Research, provide research and policy analysis to inform decisionmakers and the public about issues critical to the Social Security program.

Social Security Bulletin

SSA's quarterly research journal, the Social Security Bulletin, comprehensively covers Social Security–related topics of broad interest. Articles focus on the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs, the income of the aged, private pension coverage, the poverty status of various groups (such as women and children), reform of Social Security, and other timely subjects. The Perspectives section presents refereed contributions by outside scholars on similar issues.