Social Security Administration

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General Resources

Cato Institute. Cato’s website provides extensive research on Social Security.

Congressional Research Service. CRS studies on Social Security are available here.

Government Accountability Office. GAO studies on Social Security are available here.

Jose Pinera’s website. The architect of Chile’s Social Security reforms has articles here and here.

Social Security Administration. SSA’s website provides information on the agency’s history and current operations.

Social Security Administration. SSA’s Office of Inspector General investigates waste, fraud, and abuse in the agency’s programs.

Social Security Trustees. The annual reports from the trustees are available here.

Social Security Retirement

Martin Feldstein, “Rethinking Social Insurance,” National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper no. 11250, March 2005.

Martin Feldstein and Jeffrey B. Liebman, “Social Security,” National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper no. 8451, September 2001.

Peter Ferrara, Social Security: The Inherent Contradiction (Washington: Cato Institute, 1980).

Peter Ferrara and Michael Tanner, A New Deal For Social Security (Washington: Cato Institute, 1998).

Jagadeesh Gokhale, Social Security: A Fresh Look at Policy Alternatives (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010).

Jagadeesh Gokhale, “Social Security’s Financial Outlook and Reforms: An Independent Evaluation,” Cato Institute Working Paper no. 6, October 25, 2011.

Jagadeesh Gokhale, “Social Security Reform: Does Privatization Still Make Sense?Harvard Journal on Legislation 50, no. 1 (Winter 2013).

Sylvester J. Schieber and John B. Shoven, The Real Deal: The History and Future of Social Security (New Haven: Yale University, 1999).

Michael Tanner, “The 6.2 Percent Solution: A Plan for Reforming Social Security,” Cato Institute Social Security Paper no. 32, February 17, 2004.

Michael Tanner, “A Better Deal at Half the Cost: SSA Scoring of the Cato Social Security Reform Plan,” Cato Institute Briefing Paper no. 92, April 26, 2005.

Michael Tanner, “Social Security, Ponzi Schemes, and the Need for Reform,”
Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 689, November 17, 2011.

Michael Tanner, “Still a Better Deal: Private Investment vs. Social Security,”
Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 692, February 13, 2012.

Ian Vasquez, Testimony on Chile’s Pension System to the Subcommittee on Social Security, House Committee on Ways and Means, June 16, 2005.

Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income

David H. Autor, “The Unsustainable Rise of the Disability Rolls in the United States,” National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper no. 17697, December 2011.

David H. Autor and Mark G. Duggan, “The Growth in the Social Security Disability Rolls: A Fiscal Crisis Unfolding,” Journal of Economic Perspectives 20, no. 3 (2006).

Andrew Biggs, “Social Security Disability Insurance: An Entitlement in Need of Reform,” www.ourgeneration.org, August 2012.

Richard V. Burkhauser and Mary C. Daly, The Declining Work and Welfare of People with Disabilities (Washington: AEI Press, 2011).

Congressional Budget Office, “Policy Options for the Social Security Disability Program,” July 2012.

Jagadeesh Gokhale, “Reforming SSDI,” Regulation 36, no. 1 (Spring 2013).

Chana Joffe-Walt, “Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America,” National Public Radio, March 22, 2013.

Damian Paletta and Dionne Searcey, “Two Lawyers Strike Gold in U.S. Disability System,” Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2011.

Richard J. Pierce, “What Should We Do About Social Security Disability Appeals?Regulation 34, no. 3 (Fall 2011).

James M. Taylor, “Facilitating Fraud: How SSDI Gives Benefits to the Able Bodied,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 377, August 15, 2000.

Jeffrey S. Wolfe and David W. Engel, “Restoring Social Security Disability’s Purpose,” Regulation 36, no. 1 (Spring 2013).