EBRI Databook on Employee Benefits

  • The EBRI Databook on Employee Benefits was first published in 1990.
  • The EBRI Databook on Employee Benefits is maintained on-line and updated when new data is available. The date next to each chapter link indicates when data and/or links were last updated in that chapter.
  • The EBRI Databook on Employee Benefits includes data from dozens of sources to provide a comprehensive analysis of how the employee benefits system works, who and what its various functions affect, and its relationship with the U.S. economy.
  • The EBRI Databook includes over 400 tables and charts presenting vital statistics on the employee benefit system.
  • Topics include the retirement income system; employer-sponsored benefit plans; government programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; health insurance; and labor force and demographic trends.
  • Tables and charts are supplemented by explanatory text to provide detailed information on the entire range of employee benefit programs and work force related issues.
  • The book is organized into four sections -- overview, retirement programs, health programs, and other employee benefits, with an extensive appendix offering general economic and demographic statistics, a glossary of terms used in the book, a legislative history of employee benefit programs, reference guide listing sources for further research, and an index.

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Chapter 1 - Employee Benefits in the United States: An Introduction (Updated May 2011)

Chapter 2 - Income Statistics of the Population Aged 55 and Over (Updated July 2014)

Chapter 3 - Sources of Income for Persons Age 55 and Over (Updated July 2014)

Chapter 4 - Retirement Annuity and Employment-Based Retirement Income (Updated July 2014)

Chapter 5 - Private- and Public-Sector Retirment Plan Trends (Updated July 2014)

Chapter 6 - Employment-Based Retirement Plan Participation (Updated July 2014)

Chapter 7 - Sec. 401(k) Plans (Updated July 2014)

Chapter 8 - Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) (Updated July 2014)

Chapter 10 - Annuitization Trends in Defined Benefit Plans (Updated July 2014)

Chapter 11 - Trends in Household Income and Expenditure for Older Americans (Updated July 2014)

Chapter 12 - Retirement Wealth (updated July 2014)

Chapter 13 - Characteristics of the Labor Force (updated July 2014)

Chapter 14 - Retirement Income Adequacy (updated July 2014)

Chapter 25 - Supplemental Security Income (Updated April 2009)

Chapter 26 - Health Insurance Coverage of the Nonelderly (Updated March 2012)

Chapter 27 - Health Insurance Coverage of Workers (Updated March 2012)

Chapter 28 - Employer Self-Funding of Health Benefits (Updated March 2008)

Chapter 29 - Managed Care (Updated January 2007)

Chapter 30 - Cost Management Strategies (Updated January 2012)

Chapter 31 - Covered Medical Services (Updated December 2009)

Chapter 32 - States' Role in Health Care (Updated July 2011)

Chapter 33 - National Health Expenditures

Chapter 34 - Employer Spending on Health Insurance (Updated May 2011)

Chapter 35 - Individual Spending on Health Care Benefits (Updated January 2012)

Chapter 36 - Health Insurance Coverage of the Elderly (Updated October 2011)

Chapter 37 - Employment-Based Retiree Health Insurance (Updated March 2010)

Chapter 38 - Medicare Enrollees (Updated April 2009)

Chapter 39 - Medicare Covered Services

Chapter 40 - Medicare Finances

Chapter 41 - Future of Medicare (Updated July 2011)

Chapter 42 - Medicaid (Updated January 2010)

Chapter 43 - Occupational Injuries and Illnesses

Chapter 44 - Work Schedules

Chapter 45 - Leave

Chapter 46 - Disability Coverage

Chapter 47 - Family Leave (Updated January 2010)

Chapter 48 - Flexible Benefit Plans (Updated July 2011)

Chapter 49 - Dependent Care Benefits

Chapter 50 - Life Insurance

Chapter 51 - Worker Training

Chapter 52 - Unemployment (Updated April 2009)

Chapter 53 - Workers' Compensation (Updated February 2006)

Chapter 54 - Educational Assistance

Chapter 56 - Social Security Disability Insurance (Updated July 2011)

Chapter 58 - Programs Assisting Needy Families (Updated February 2006)

Chapter 59 - Supplemental Security Income (Updated February 2006)

Chapter 60 - Government Training Programs (Updated January 2010)

Appendix A - Work Force Statistics (Updated June 2009)

Appendix B - Income (Updated February 2006)

Appendix C - Economic Factors (Updated January 2010)

Appendix D - Explanation of Sources (Updated June 2009)

Appendix E - Legislative History of Employee Benefits (Updated August 2009)