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Social Security Advisory Board - Informing Policy: A Review of Social Security's MINT Microsimulation Model

  • National Union Building 918 F Street Northwest, 4th Floor Washington, DC 20002 United States (map)

On May 30, 2019, the Social Security Advisory Board will host a policy forum to review the MINT model.  PWBM’s Jagadeesh Gokhale will speak.

Modeling Income in the Near Term (MINT) helps policymakers understand the effects of changes to benefits and payroll taxes. The microsimulation model is built from Social Security's administrative records matched to the Survey of Income and Program Participation. It projects future retirement income, marital trends, Social Security benefits, income, and poverty as well as the effects of policy changes.

Users of MINT’s projections, including House and Senate staff, will provide their perspectives. Other microsimulation experts will describe their models, discuss the challenges and opportunities facing such models and provide recommendations on MINT’s future development. 

The forum will be broadcast live here via webcast (registration required) and public participation will be welcomed.  


Tentative Speakers:

  • Andrew Biggs, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

  • Richard Evans, Director, Open Source Economics Laboratory, University of Chicago

  • Eric J. (Rocky) Feuer, Chief, Statistical Research and Applications Branch, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute

  • Jagadeesh Gokhale, Director of Special Projects, Penn-Wharton Budget Model

  • Stephen C. Goss, Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration

  • Laura Haltzel, Research Manager, Income Security, Congressional Research Service

  • Kim HildredChair, Social Security Advisory Board

  • Tom Klouda, Senior Domestic Policy Advisor, Commitee on Finance, Democrat Staff, U.S. Senate

  • Kathryn Olson, Majority Staff Director, Subcommittee on Social Security, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives

  • Kathleen Romig, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

  • Mark Sarney, Acting Director, Office of Research, Office of Research, Evaluation, and Statistics, Social Security Administration

  • Amy Shuart, Republican Staff Director, Subcommittee on Social Security, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives (invited)

  • Jack Smalligan, Senior Policy Fellow, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute 

  • Karen E. Smith, Senior Fellow, Income and Benefits Policy Center, Urban Institute

  • C. Eugene Steuerle, Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair, Urban Institute 

  • Julie Topoleski, Chief, Long-Term Analysis Unit, Health, Retirement, and Long-Term Analysis Division, Congressional Budget Office

  • Bryan Tysinger, Director, Health Policy Microsimulation, University of Southern California Schaeffer Center

  • Mark WarshawskyDeputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy, Social Security Administration


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The National Union Building is located between Metro Center (blue, orange, silver, red) and Gallery Place (yellow, green, red). The building provides these parking recommendations:


Is the building accessible?

Yes. If you require an additional accomodation, please contact Board staff at 202-475-7700 at least three days before the event.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email us at or call 202-475-7700.

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