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Research & Analysis by Type

Issue Papers

Papers that summarize a complex issue in a comprehensible, concise paper with graphics.

ORES Working Papers

Unedited papers prepared by staff in the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics and published as a resource for future research and to encourage discussion among the wider research community.

Policy Briefs

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

Program Summaries (Federal/State, International)

These publications highlight the principal features of social security programs here and abroad, including coverage, eligibility, program administration, funding sources, regulatory framework, applicable legislation, and available benefits.

Research and Statistics Notes

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

Research Summaries

One-page fact sheets that highlight key findings from recent research.

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.