Research & Analysis by Bertram Kestenbaum

Effect on Benefits of Earnings at Ages 65 or Older, 1995
from Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 62, No. 1 (released June 1999)
by Bertram Kestenbaum, Michael Shackleford, and Chris Chaplain

A major policy issue for the Social Security program is the treatment of earnings of persons who have attained retirement age. This article discusses the retirement test and recomputation of benefit provisions, and provides statistical data for 1995.

In 1995, about 806,000 persons aged 65–70 had significant earnings resulting in the withholding of benefits by the retirement test. About 1,659,000 persons aged 65 or older realized an increase in their benefit amount because of their earnings.

Interaction With Social Security of 1996 Civil Service Retirement System Annuitants
from Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 60, No. 3 (released June 1997)
by Chris Chaplain and Bertram Kestenbaum

State and Local Government Employees Covered Under Social Security, 1977–81
from Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 45, No. 12 (released December 1982)
by Bertram Kestenbaum

Mortality of Older Widows and Wives
from Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 45, No. 10 (released October 1982)
by Bertram Kestenbaum, Greg Diez, Marvin Younger, and Howard Shiman

Domestic Workers Covered Under OASDHI, 1976
from Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 43, No. 1 (released January 1980)
by Bertram Kestenbaum

Coefficients of Between-Group Inequality: A Review
ORES Working Paper No. 8 (released May 1979)
by Bertram Kestenbaum

The quest for suitable indices to summarize the inequality between two groups has lagged behind the effort to obtain summary coefficients of within-group inequality. Numerous measures of within-group inequality were proposed, and their merits and shortcomings debated. Yet, apparently, at the same time, there was little exploration of alternative indices to the ratio-of-medians and ratio-of-means for measuring differences between groups.

Men With Low OASDHI-Covered Earnings Not Counted as Poor in the CPS
from Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 41, No. 1 (released January 1978)
by Bertram Kestenbaum