The Supplemental Security Income Program

FRB of San Francisco Working Paper No. 2002-20

81 Pages Posted: 2 May 2005

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Mary C. Daly

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Richard V. Burkhauser

Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management (PAM); University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute

Date Written: July 2002

Abstract

In general, our examination suggests that in the absence of a universal guaranteed income program for all Americans, the operational flexibility of the categorical eligibility criteria for SSI has made the program sensitive to both downturns in the business cycle and to increases in the pool of vulnerable people. Moreover, when the dividing lines separating the working-age adult and child populations eligible for SSI from those eligible for other income-based benefits are imprecise, as with disability, policy changes in other welfare programs likely will affect SSI caseloads.

Keywords: Social security

Suggested Citation

Daly, Mary Colleen and Burkhauser, Richard V., The Supplemental Security Income Program (July 2002). FRB of San Francisco Working Paper No. 2002-20, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=709344 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.709344

Mary Colleen Daly (Contact Author)

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Richard V. Burkhauser

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University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute ( email )

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