University of Wisconsin–Madison

Social Insurance Programs

Social insurance programs provide benefits to individuals who have paid into the program, or whose employers have paid into the program on their behalf, often in the form of payroll taxes. The major U.S. social insurance programs are Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, and Disability Insurance.

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Focus on Poverty & Classroom Supplement 37(1), June 2021
Assessing the Responsiveness of the U.S. Safety Net to the COVID-19 Economic Crisis

  • Edited by Emma Caspar, Judith Siers-Poisson, and James T. Spartz
  • Focus on Poverty & Classroom Supplement
  • June 2021
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Modernizing the Unemployment Insurance System to Better Respond to Economic Downturns

  • Till von Wachter
  • Focus on Poverty & Classroom Supplement
  • June 2021
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Reforming housing assistance to better respond to recipient needs

  • Robert Collinson, Ingrid Gould Ellen, and Jens Ludwig
  • Focus on Poverty & Classroom Supplement
  • June 2021
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Making the U.S. Safety Net More Responsive to Economic Downturns

  • Robert A. Moffitt and James P. Ziliak, edited by Mitchell McFarlane
  • Fast Focus Policy Brief
  • April 2021
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Analysis of the Unemployment Insurance Waiting Period in Wisconsin

  • Jeffrey Smith, Yonah Drazen, Steven Cook, and Hilary Shager
  • Report
  • November 30 2020
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Lessons from Cash Transfer and Basic Income Pilot Programs

  • Lisa Gennetian, Aisha Nyandoro, Amy Castro Baker, and Stacia Martin-West
  • Webinar
  • October 14 2020