Resources for Research Development

The following are a selection of links to reports and studies that can help inform researchers considering research projects related to Social Security Retirement and Disability Research. In many cases, these links are a glimpse into a comprehensive data source; researchers are encouraged to explore further.

SSA Research Resources:

SSA Data Sources:

Most SSA administrative data sources are restricted access data, but in some cases, exploring publicly-available administrative data can help to get acquainted with administrative data and variables.

SSA and GAO Reports

Common RDRC Data Sources:

Researchers may also find SSA’s consumer facing tools informative, and the working papers from the other RDRC centers to be helpful:

Researachers may find the interactive data maps on our Visualizing Vulnerability page helpful in sparking ideas for your research and/or help to identify a new data source.

Page last updated January 2021