off the charts

You are here

What the 2015 Trustees’ Report Says About Social Security

September 10, 2015

With Social Security a likely topic in the 2016 presidential campaign, our analysis of this year’s Social Security trustees’ report...

Social Security's Growth Roughly Tracks Population's Aging

It’s Hard to Qualify for Disability Insurance

August 7, 2015

Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) aids people who, because of a severe medical impairment, can no longer support themselves by working — a catastrophe that...

Fewer Than Half of Disability Insurance Applications Are Ultimately Allowed

Happy Birthday, Social Security Disability Insurance!

July 31, 2015

In the midst of birthday season — as we’ve marked the 50th anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare on July 30 and we’ll mark the 80th birthday of Social Security retirement on...

Disability Rates Rise With Age

“One Social Security” Bill a Worthwhile Approach to Programs’ Trust Funds

July 29, 2015

Policymakers must replenish Social Security’s disability fund by late 2016 to prevent a one-fifth cut in benefits.  A proposal from Rep. Xavier Becerra, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means...

Hand on Wheelchair

Awaiting the 2015 Social Security and Medicare Trustees' Reports

July 21, 2015

Though we don't know what the reports will say, we expect they'll reinforce what we've explained before: that Social Security and Medicare face real but manageable financial challenges, and are not unaffordable or "bankrupt."


How the Recession Hurt Disability Insurance (And It’s Not What You Think)

July 10, 2015

The Great Recession, and the slow and painful recovery, hurt the finances of Social Security Disability Insurance — but not mainly by swelling benefit payments.

Instead, the main damage was on the income...

Recession Hammered Disability Insurance Income, But Affected Spending Only Modestly

New Research: Demographics Explains Most of Disability Rolls’ Growth

June 3, 2015

Update, June 5: We’ve corrected a number in this post.

In a new analysis, Harvard economist Jeffrey Liebman finds the aging of the population and the rise in women’s labor force participation explain most of the recent growth in the...

In Focus: Disability Insurance (DI) Growth Largely Reflects Aging of Baby Boom and Rising Women's Labor Force Participation

Demographics Explain Bulk of Growth in Disability Insurance Rolls: Part II

May 15, 2015

We described yesterday how five demographic factors — population growth, the aging of the baby boom, the hike in Social Security’s full retirement age, the rise in women’s labor force participation, and “women’s catch-up” — explain most of the increase in...

Demographic Factors Explain Bulk of Growth in Disability Insurance Rolls: Part I

May 14, 2015

As policymakers consider how to replenish the fund that pays for Social Security Disability Insurance (DI), they should understand why the rolls have grown.  Nearly...

Increase in Disability Insurance Rolls Largely Reflects Demographic Factors

Social Security Benefits Are Modest — and Vital

May 5, 2015

Social Security benefits are a perennial target for cuts as policymakers seek to strengthen the program’s long-run solvency.  Some lawmakers and opinion leaders mistakenly regard the program’s benefits as lavish.  But here are the facts, as our updated report...

Social Security Benefits Already Scheduled to Fall in Relation to Previous Earnings