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Social security

Old age pensions

Retirement income

Social Security, United States

Print Resource:

U.S. Social Security: A Reference Handbook by Steven G. Livingston. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2008.  Call number: Firestone (F) HD7125 .L58 2008 

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Outlines the history and development of the American system of Social Security from the 19th century to the present day, including details of the Social Security Act of 1935 and each major reform to the act. Also examines programs in other countries.

From the Social Security Administration (SSA):

Statistical tables from all the SSA programs. Online from 2000.  Print: 1955-2012. Firestone (F) HD7123 .A39 Suppl. Vols. for 1955-66 are bound with main title at: HD7123.A39. [View Catalog Record] Preceded by Social security yearbook, 1939-1948. Print: Firestone (F) HD7123 .A391. [View Catalog Record]

Annual chartbook highlighting data on the most important aspects of the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs—the people they serve and the benefits they provide. Online from 2000 to present.

This publication covers the population aged 65 or older. The unit of analysis, with the exception of measures of poverty and family income of persons, is the aged unit, which is a married couple living together or a person who does not live with a spouse. Online from 1996 to present.

Tables include total income, pensions, assets, poverty status, etc. as well as social security income. Online from 2000 to present.

"This annual publication provides data on the Social Security population at the local level. It presents basic program data by type of benefit (retirement, survivors, and disability) and category of beneficiary (retired and disabled workers, wives and husbands, widows and widowers, and children)." Online from 1999 to present.

"This annual publication focuses on the Social Security beneficiary population at the ZIP Code level. It presents basic program data on the number and type of beneficiaries and the amount of benefits paid in each state, Social Security Administration field office, and ZIP Code. It also shows the number of beneficiaries aged 65 or older." Online from 2003 to present.

"The data describe the characteristics of beneficiaries—for example, age, sex, income, and type of disability—and the type of benefits they receive (retired-worker, survivors, disabled-worker benefits, and so on). The data are also presented by state and, in some reports, by county or congressional district." Online from 1997 to present.

Monthly research publication from the Social Security Administration. Online from volume 1, no. 1-3,  March 1938. Print: Vol. 1, no. 1-3 (Mar. 1938)-v. 73, no. 3 (2013). (ReCAP) HD7123 .A39 (find in catalog)

See the complete list of SSA's Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics (ORES) publications here. (Hover over "Publications List" on the left-side menu.)

Social Security, International

Print Resources

  • International Perspectives on Social Security Reform by Rudolph G. Penner. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute Press, 2007. Call number: RECAP HD7090 .I6646 2007  [View Catalog Record]  
  • Social security : protection at the international level and developments in Europe by Ana Gómez Heredero. Strasbourg: Council of Europe, c2009. Call number: Firestone (F) HD7164 .G66    [View Catalog Record]


U.S. Social Security Administration:

Includes links to research and program descriptions for countries of interest.

"This monthly publication covers recent developments in foreign private and public pensions, social security, and retirement." Online from October 2003 to present.

"Principal features of social security programs in more than 170 countries."

International Labour Organization: