The Retirement and Disability Research Consortium (RDRC) was established by the U.S. Social Security Administration in 2018. The CRR receives support under the RDRC to conduct and disseminate research along with its partner organizations: Mathematica – Center for Studying Disability Policy, Syracuse University, the Urban Institute, and the Brookings Institution.

Other organizations funded through the RDRC include:

 
Read more about the Consortium’s evolution and research contributions: Social Security Bulletin 69(4); and Social Security Bulletin 80(1).

Learn more about the Consortium’s funding opportunities.

The Annual Meeting was held virtually on August 5-6, 2021.

FY2022 projects:

1. “How Will COVID Affect the Completed Fertility Rate?”
by Anqi Chen, Nilufer Gok, and Alicia H. Munnell, Boston College

2. “How Does COVID-Induced Early Retirement Compare to the Great Recession?”
by Anqi Chen, Alicia H. Munnell, and Siyan Lu, Boston College

3. “What Are the County-Level Drivers of DI and Early OASI Benefit Claims During COVID?”
by R. Vincent Pohl and David Mann, Mathematica Policy Research and Kai Filion, U.S. Social Security Administration

4. “Does the Drop in Child SSI Applications and Awards During COVID Vary by Locality?”
by Michael Levere and David Wittenburg, Mathematica Policy Research and Jeffery Hemmeter, U.S. Social Security Administration

5. “Does Broadband Access Affect DI Award Rates?”
by Barbara Butrica and Jonathan Schwabish, Urban Institute

6. “How Might Workers Respond If Social Security’s Revenue Base Were Broadened?”
by Melissa Favreault, Karen Smith, and Richard Johnson, Urban Institute

7. “How Do Racial Disparities in Lifetime Earnings Shape Social Security and SSI Benefits?”
by Melissa Favreault, Urban Institute and Tokunbo Oluwole, Gayle L. Reznik, and Christopher R. Tamborini, U.S. Social Security Administration

8. “What Is the Risk to OASI Benefits from Unpaid Student Loans?”
by Gal Wettstein and Siyan Lu, Boston College

9. “How Do Cost-of-Living Differences Affect Retirement for Low and Moderate Earners?”
by Robert L. Siliciano and Laura D. Quinby, Boston College

10. “How Has COVID Affected Household Balance Sheets?”
by Andrew G. Biggs, American Enterprise Institute and Anqi Chen and Alicia H. Munnell, Boston College

11. “How Have COVID Experiences Varied by Race Among Older Adults with Disabilities?”
by Amal Harrati and Marisa Shenk, Mathematica Policy Research

12. “What Factors Drive Racial Disparities in Housing Wealth Accumulation?”
by Robert L. Siliciano and Gal Wettstein, Boston College

13. “How Do Health and Marital Shocks Affect Disparities at Older Ages?”
by Richard Johnson and Melissa Favreault, Urban Institute

14. “Is the Scarring from Unemployment Worse for Black Workers?”
by Laura D. Quinby and Gal Wettstein, Boston College and Glenn Springstead, U.S. Social Security Administration

15. “How Has BOND Affected Work Outcomes by Race?”
by Amal Harrati and Denise Hoffman, Mathematica Policy Research and John Jones, U.S. Social Security Administration

16. “How Will COVID Affect the Mortality of Older Adults?”
by Gal Wettstein, Anqi Chen, and Alicia H. Munnell, Boston College

17. “How Has the Evolving Nature of Work Affected Health and Disability?”
by Stipica Mudrazija and Barbara Butrica, Urban Institute

FY2021 projects:

1. “Why Are Some Areas “Hot Spots” of Disabling Condition Prevalence?”
by Anna Hill and Jody Schimmel Hyde, Mathematica Policy Research and Jonathan Schwabish, Urban Institute

2. “What Is the Relationship between Deprivation and Child SSI Participation?”
by Michael Levere and David Wittenburg, Mathematica Policy Research and Jeffrey Hemmeter, U.S. Social Security Administration

3. “How Accurate Are HRS Self-Reports of Disability Benefit Application and Receipt”
by Amal Harrati and Jody Schimmel Hyde, Mathematica Policy Research

4. “What Are Pathways to Overpayments”
by Denise Hoffman and Michael Anderson, Mathematica Policy Research and John Jones, Social Security Administration

5. “What Happens Following DI Termination?”
by Michael Anderson and Denise Hoffman, Mathematica Policy Research and Kai Filion, Social Security Administration

6. “What Is the Preferred Consumption Pattern in Retirement?”
by Anqi Chen, Robert Siliciano, and Alicia H. Munnell, Boston College

7. “What Share of Non-covered Public Employees Will Earn Benefits that Fall Short of Social Security?” (Part 2)
by Jean-Pierre Aubry, Alicia H. Munnell, and Laura D. Quinby, Boston College

8. “Understanding the Local-Level Predictors of Disability Program Applications, Awards, and Beneficiary Work Activity”
by Jody Schimmel Hyde, Mathematica Policy Research, Jonathan Schwabish, Urban Institute, and Paul O’Leary, U.S. Social Security Administration

9. “Employment Outcomes for DI Applicants Who Use Opioids”
by April Yanyuan Wu and Denise Hoffman, Mathematica Policy Research and Paul O’Leary, U.S. Social Security Administration

10. “Comparative Regression Discontinuity and Regression Discontinuity as Alternatives to Randomized Control Trials: Evidence from BOND”
by Duncan Chaplin and Denise Hoffman, Mathematica Policy Research and John Jones, U.S. Social Security Administration

11. “Does Employer Concentration Affect Labor-Force Participation?”
by Anqi Chen, Laura D. Quinby, and Gal Wettstein, Boston College

12. “Examining Mortality and Receipt of Benefits Administered by SSA as Reasons for Desistance from Homelessness among Older Adults”
by Matthew S. Rutledge, Boston College, Dennis Culhane, University of Pennsylvania, and Thomas Byrne, Boston University