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Anand & Ko studying impact of losing childhood supplementary security income benefits on long-term outcomes

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University


Priyanka Anand, Associate Professor, Health Administration and Policy, and Hansoo Ko, Assistant Professor, Health Administration and Policy,  received funding for their study: "The Impact of Losing Childhood Supplementary Security Income Benefits on Long-term Outcomes."                                                                                                           

They will use data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) to examine the long-term impact of losing child SSI after turning 18 years old on well-being.  

The Add Health data initially surveyed over 20,000 youth in grades 7-12 in 1994-95 and followed up with them four more times in 1996, 2001-02, 2008 and the most recent wave in 2016-18. This project will focus on a subsample of these youth who report a disability. 

The outcomes included in the Add Health data that they will examine are long-term educational attainment; employment outcomes; drug, alcohol, and opioid use; and measures of neighborhood quality. As the respondents are in their 30s and 40s in the later waves of the survey, they can also examine outcomes of their children, such as having low birthweight and health issues such as diabetes, obesity, or asthma.  

This project will address the long-term economic security of Social Security Administration (SSA) beneficiaries, which is one of SSA’s research focal areas of interest. 

The researchers received $45,000 from Boston College on a subaward from the Social Security Administration for this project. Funding began in Aug. 2022 and will end in late July 2023. 


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