The Development of Social Security in America

Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 1-26, 2010

26 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2010  

Larry DeWitt

Social Security Administration

Date Written: August 2, 2010

Abstract

This article examines the historical origins and legislative development of the U.S. Social Security program. Focusing on the contributory social insurance program introduced in title II of the Social Security Act of 1935, the article traces the major amendments to the original program and provides an up-to-date description of the major provisions of the system. The article concludes with a brief overview of the debate over the future of the program, and it provides a summary assessment of the impact and importance of Social Security as a central pillar of the U.S. social welfare system.

Keywords: Social Security History, Legislation, 75th Anniversary

JEL Classification: I00, I13

Suggested Citation

DeWitt, Larry, The Development of Social Security in America (August 2, 2010). Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 70, No. 3, pp. 1-26, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1646367

Larry DeWitt (Contact Author)

Social Security Administration ( email )

6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235
United States

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