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 6, 2020.

Our current projects:

1. “Why Has Use of SSA’s Online Tools Stalled, and What Might Increase Usage?”
by Jean-Pierre Aubry and Kevin Wandrei, Boston College

2. “Do Future Beneficiaries Understand the Consequences of Actuarial Projections?”
by Laura D. Quinby and Gal Wettstein, Boston College

3. “Does Social Security Serve as an Economic Stabilizer?”
by Laura D. Quinby, Robert Siliciano, and Gal Wettstein, Boston College

4. “How Will COVID-19 Affect State and Local Pensions for Non-Covered Workers?”
by Jean-Pierre Aubry and Laura D. Quinby, Boston College

5. “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

6. “What Is the Relationship between DI and Food Insecurity?”
by Barbara Butrica, Stipica Mudrazija, Jonathan Schwabish, and Elaine Waxman, Urban Institute

7. “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

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

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

10. “How Do Benefit Suspension and Overpayment Affect SSI and DI Beneficiaries?”
by Gina Livermore and Marisa Shenk, Mathematica Policy Research

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

12. “How Do Households Adjust When Their Kids Leave Home?”
by Andrew Biggs, American Enterprise Institute and Anqi Chen and Alicia H. Munnell, Boston College

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

14. “Do Retirees Draw Down Their Wealth – and If Not, Why Not?”
by Robert Siliciano and Gal Wettstein, Boston College

15. “Are Retirees and Their Families Equipped to Handle LTSS?”
by Anqi Chen and Alicia H. Munnell, Boston College

16. “How Does Debt Shape Health Trajectories and Outcomes for Older Americans?”
by Stipica Mudrazija and Barbara Butrica, Urban Institute

17. “How Has COVID-19 Affected the Labor Force Participation of Older Workers?”
by Laura D. Quinby, Matthew S. Rutledge, and Gal Wettstein, Boston College

18. “Are Older Workers Healthy Enough to Delay Retirement?”
by Laura D. Quinby and Gal Wettstein, Boston College

19. “How Is Labor Demand Responding to the Aging Labor Force?”
by C. Eugene Steuerle and Damir Cosic, Urban Institute

20. “What Share of Non-covered Public Employees Will Earn Pension Benefits that Fall Short of Social Security?” (Part 1)
by Jean-Pierre Aubry, Alicia H. Munnell, and Laura D. Quinby, Boston College

21. “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

22. “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

23. “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

24. “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

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

26. “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