Research & Analysis by Richard Woodbury

Disability Policy, Program Enrollment, Work, and Well-Being Among People with Disabilities
from Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 80, No. 1 (released February 2020)
by David Autor, Nicole Maestas, and Richard Woodbury

From 2012 through 2018, the Disability Research Center (DRC) at the National Bureau of Economic Research conducted studies on issues related to the well-being of people with disabilities who are current or potential participants in the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs. This article reviews the Center's research activities, examining topics such as program enrollment trends and determinants, application and screening processes, labor force participation, and interactions between SSA and other programs for people with disabilities.

Social Security and Financial Security at Older Ages
from Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 80, No. 1 (released February 2020)
by Jeffrey Brown, James Choi, Courtney Coile, and Richard Woodbury

Beginning in September 2003, the Retirement Research Center at the National Bureau of Economic Research conducted a coordinated series of investigations on Social Security in an environment of continually changing demographics, health trends, longevity, labor markets, economic conditions, and other factors. The Center has supported extensive collaborative research over a multiyear horizon to achieve a more fully integrated understanding of Social Security's challenges and the changing environment in which it operates. This article highlights the key findings of the studies completed by the Center in the last 5 years.

Social Security in a Changing Environment: Findings From the Retirement Research Center at the National Bureau of Economic Research
from Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 69, No. 4 (released December 2009)
by David A. Wise and Richard Woodbury

Since September 2003, the Retirement Research Center at the National Bureau of Economic Research has conducted a coordinated series of investigations on Social Security in a changing environment and the potential routes to sustainable solvency. The Center supports extensive collaborative research over a multiyear horizon to achieve a more fully integrated understanding of Social Security's challenges and the changing environment in which it operates. This article is an overview of the studies completed since the Center's inception.