The Ongoing Impacts of COVID-19 on Americans’ Economic Security

This project builds on our current work examining how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected Americans’ financial well-being by using existing and soon to be collected data from the Understanding America Study (UAS). Our analysis will shed light on (1)…

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Gendered Impacts of COVID-19 on Economic and Retirement Security

The COVID-19 pandemic has had enormous effects on the United States labor market, disproportionately affecting women’s careers. In this project, we will use survey data collected before and during the pandemic to (1) analyze the impacts of the pandemic and…

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How Will COVID-19 Excess Mortality Affect Social Security Benefit Payouts?

This project will estimate the impact of excess mortality resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic on projected Social Security benefits and elderly income. COVID-19 mortality is higher at older ages and highest among those with pre-existing health conditions, so some people…

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Tracking Changes in the Composition of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplement Security Income Following the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered Americans’ health and work in ways that may trigger significant changes in the size and composition of disability program participation. In this project, we use Social Security Administration data to study trends in beneficiary…

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The Immediate Impacts of Coronavirus on Americans’ Economic Security

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented, abrupt, and stark reduction in economic activity. This project will examine how the pandemic is affecting Americans’ financial well-being using previous, ongoing, and soon to be fielded Understanding America Study surveys that…

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Assessing the Economic Impact Payment in the Older Population

This project will use data collected by the Health and Retirement Study in its 2020 wave to study awareness and impact of the Economic Impact Payment stimulus on different groups of older Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Geographic Variation in Disability Insurance Application and Awards in the Wake of the Coronavirus Epidemic

The enormous health and economic burdens imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic may impact Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application and receipt in several ways. Patients who recover from COVID-19 can have long-term health consequences that preclude work, others will delay…

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