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BETHESDA, MD – Since 2011, the Social Security Administration has offered its Disability Analysis File (DAF) on an annual basis, compiling data from a range of internal and external data sources into one cohesive database with additional composite variables. With historical data reaching back to 1994, these files contain data on all those individuals with disabilities below retirement age who have received benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs. Data on these beneficiaries include one-time variables such as date of birth and Social Security Number, as well as historical and longitudinal data (e.g., eligible and actualized benefit payments, State of residence) tracked across multiple years. With the ability to retrieve reliable longitudinal data on beneficiaries with disabilities, the DAF is an important resource for those looking to perform any sort of analysis on this population.

More information about the DAF can be found on the Social Security Administration website at https://www.ssa.gov/disabilityresearch/daf.html.

With the ability to retrieve reliable longitudinal data on beneficiaries with disabilities, the DAF is an important resource for those looking to perform any sort of analysis on this population.