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Survey of Newly-Entitled Social Security Beneficiaries, 1970 (ICPSR 7659)

Principal Investigator(s): Social Security Administration


This data collection contains survey information gathered from a sample of people who had recently filed for Social Security benefits or enrolled for Medicare in 1970. The purpose of the study was to learn the extent to which the Social Security program was meeting the needs and expectations of persons entitled to benefits. Respondents supplied information concerning their health, health insurance, physical disabilities, job characteristics of current/last/longest employment (e.g., type of industry, private, federal government, state or local government, self-employed, or working without pay), hours worked per week, reasons for leaving longest job, attitudes about adequacy of income, types of income currently receiving, ability to afford to stop working, type of retirement (e.g., early, compulsory, willing, or unwilling), pension plans, and attitudes toward Social Security benefits. Other demographic information includes home ownership, highest grade completed, marital status, and spouse's income and job type. Survey responses are linked with administrative data. The units of analysis are persons and earnings.

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Study Description


Social Security Administration. SURVEY OF NEWLY-ENTITLED SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFICIARIES, 1970. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07659.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07659.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    beneficiaries, disabilities, employment, fixed income, health, health insurance, income, job history, job tenure, Medicare, older workers, pensions, retirees, retirement, retirement adjustment, social attitudes, social security, wages and salaries, work, work attitudes, workers, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1970

Date of Collection:   

  • 1970-01--1970-06

Universe:    The noninstitutionalized population of the continental United States who were new beneficiaries of Social Security or Medicare.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    National cross-sectional random sampling was done, and the sample documented in this collection was administered in January-June 1970.

Data Source:

mailback questionnaires and administrative records data


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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