Distributional Effects of Reducing the Cost-of-Living Adjustments

by Susan Wilschke
Policy Brief No. 2004-03 (released June 2004)
Table equivalent for Chart 1 SSI recipients, by type of household
Type of household Percent
One recipient 70
Married couple 9
Other multirecipients 21
SOURCE: Melissa Koenig and Kalman Rupp, "SSI Recipients in Households and Families with Multiple Recipients: Prevalence and Poverty Outcomes," Social Security Bulletin 65 (forthcoming), Table 1; Social Security Administration, SSI Annual Statistical Report, 2002 (Washington, DC: Office of Policy, Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics, 2003), Table 11.
Table equivalent for Chart 2 Percentage of SSI recipients in each age group who live in a noncouple multirecipient household
Age group Percent
All ages 21.00
Under 18 38.00
18–64 22.00
65 or older 12.00
SOURCE: Melissa Koenig and Kalman Rupp, "SSI Recipients in Households and Families with Multiple Recipients," Social Security Bulletin 65 (forthcoming), Table 1.
Table equivalent for Chart 3 SSI recipients in poverty, by number of persons and recipients in household and poverty measure used (in percent)
Persons in household One recipient Two or more
recipients
1 79.7 . . .
2 married 37.5 43.9
2 nonmarried 30 9.6
3 23.4 22.6
4 25.2 19.7
5 31.6 24.5
6 25.4 26.7
7 20.8 26.2
8 or more 42.9 39.9
SOURCE: Authors' calculations using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation matched to Social Security administrative records.
NOTE: . . . = not applicable.