COVID-19

100 dollar banknote with a face mask against Covid infection

Introduction  The question is how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the finances of the vulnerable households, as well as those with more resources.  On one hand, the shutdown of the economy resulted in salary cuts and job losses.  On the other hand, many households received substantial government relief – through stimulus payments and unemployment benefits –…

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Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic likely affected applications and awards for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).  This paper uses Social Security Administration (SSA) administrative data on applications and awards, combined with county-level data on COVID-19 severity, unemployment, and proximity to an SSA field office, to understand drivers of application and award…

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