Research and Analysis by Michael J. Brien

Young Widow(er)s, Social Security, and Marriage
ORES Working Paper No. 103 (released March 2004)
by Michael J. Brien, Stacy Dickert-Conlin, and David A. Weaver

Upon a worker's death, Social Security pays benefits to each minor or disabled child and to the worker's widow(er), provided that a child of the worker is in his or her care. Although remarriage has no effect on a child's eligibility for benefits, the benefit going directly to the widow(er) terminates if he or she remarries. This paper examines the termination provision and discusses possible effects of the provision on the young widow(er) population.