Per capita Social Security expenditures and the elderly poverty rate, 1959–2010

Note: The dotted line denotes a linear extrapolation between 1959 and 1966 (no formal data exist for 1960 to 1965). Shaded areas denote recessions.

Source: Authors' analysis of Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement Historical Poverty Tables (Tables 2 and 3) and Social Security Administration trust fund data

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