Economic analysis (1 - 10 of 23 items)
Vocational Rehabilitation: Improved Information and Practices May Enhance State Agency Earnings Outcomes for SSA Beneficiaries
GAO-07-521: Published: May 23, 2007. Publicly Released: May 23, 2007.
State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, under the Department of Education (Education), play a crucial role in helping individuals with disabilities prepare for and obtain employment, including individuals receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). In a prior report (GAO-05-865), GAO found that state VR agencies varied in the rates of employment achieved for...
Social Security Reform: Other Countries' Experiences Provide Lessons for the United States
GAO-06-126: Published: Oct 21, 2005. Publicly Released: Oct 21, 2005.
Many countries, including the United States, are grappling with demographic change and its effect on their national pension systems. With rising longevity and declining birthrates, the number of workers for each retiree is falling in most developed countries, straining the finances of national pension programs, particularly where contributions from current workers fund payments to current benefici...
Social Security: Distribution of Benefits and Taxes Relative to Earnings Level
GAO-04-747: Published: Jun 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2004.
Under the current Social Security benefit formula, retired workers receive benefits that equal about 50 percent of pre-retirement earnings for a low-wage worker but only about 30 percent for a relatively high-wage worker. Factors other than earnings also influence the distribution of benefits, including the program's provisions for disabled workers, spouses, children, and survivors. Changes in the...
Social Security: Reform Proposals Could Have a Variety of Effects on Distribution of Benefits and Payroll Taxes
GAO-04-872T: Published: Jun 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2004.
Under the current Social Security benefit formula, retired workers can receive benefits at age 65 that equal about 50 percent of preretirement earnings for an illustrative low-wage worker but only about 30 percent for an illustrative high-wage worker. Factors other than earnings also influence the distribution of benefits, including the program's provisions for disabled workers, spouses, children,...
Social Security: Analysis of Issues and Selected Reform Proposals
GAO-03-376T: Published: Jan 15, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2003.
Social Security not only represents the foundation of our retirement income system; it also provides millions of Americans with disability insurance and survivors' benefits. As a result, Social Security provides benefits that are critical to the current and future well-being of tens of millions of Americans. However, the system faces both solvency and sustainability challenges in the longer term....
Social Security Reform: Analysis of Reform Models Developed by the President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security
GAO-03-310: Published: Jan 15, 2003. Publicly Released: Jan 15, 2003.
Social Security is an important social insurance program affecting virtually every American family. It represents a foundation of the nation's retirement income system and provides millions of Americans with disability insurance and survivors' benefits. Over the long term, as the baby boom generation retires, Social Security's financing shortfall presents a major solvency and sustainability challe...
Social Security Reform: Evaluation of the Nick Smith Proposal
AIMD/HEHS-00-102R: Published: Feb 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the potential budgetary and economic effects of Nick Smith's proposal to reform Social Security.GAO noted that: (1) GAO's assessment of Nick Smith's proposal is based on the analytic framework GAO provided to Congress last March, which consists of three basic criteria: (a) the extent to which the proposal achieves sustained solvency and how it woul...
Social Security: Actuarial Projections of the Trust Funds
AIMD-00-53R: Published: Jan 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) report on the actuarial projections for the trust funds of the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance programs, focusing on whether the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Board of Trustees': (1) 1999 long-range intermediate actuarial projections--their best estimates--as presented in the Trustees' 1999 re...
Social Security: The President's Proposal
T-HEHS/AIMD-00-43: Published: Nov 9, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the President's proposal for Social Security financing, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the proposal achieves sustainable solvency and how the proposal would affect the economy and the federal budget; (2) whether the proposal balances individual equity and income adequacy; and (3) how readily changes could be implemented, administered, and ex...
Social Security: Evaluating Reform Proposals
AIMD/HEHS-00-29: Published: Nov 4, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the potential budgetary and economic effects of several Social Security reform proposals.GAO noted that: (1) GAO's assessments of the reform proposals are based on the analytic framework GAO provided to Congress last March; (2) that framework consists of three basic criteria: (a) the extent to which the proposal achieves sustainable solvency and ho...