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The Employment Effects of the Social Security Earnings Test

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  • Gelber, Alexander (UCSD)
  • Jones, Damon (University of Chicago)
  • Sacks, Daniel (Indiana University)
  • Song, Jae (Social Security Administration)
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  • U.S. Social Security Administration
    • Award Number: RRC08098400-09
  • Abstract

    We investigate the impact of the Social Security Annual Earnings Test (AET) on the employment decisions of older Americans. The AET reduces Social Security benefits by one dollar for every two dollars earned above the exempt amount. Using a differences-in-differences design, we find that the employment rate of those predicted to become subject to the AET decreases substantially relative to those not predicted to become subject to it. The point estimates suggest that the AET reduces the employment rate of Americans aged 63-64 by at least 1.2 percentage points.

Update Metadata: 2020-02-03 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2020-02-03

Gelber, Alexander; Jones, Damon; Sacks, Daniel; Song, Jae (2019): The Employment Effects of the Social Security Earnings Test. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.