Social Security

How Generous Are Social Security and Medicare?

Without changes, Social Security and Medicare will grow relative to the earnings and compensation of the workers who fund the programs. Further, the rate at which these entitlement benefits replace pr…

Taxing the Elderly

The Social Security benefits tax - while nominally a tax on Social Security benefits - is really a tax on other retirement income like pensions or personal savings. And it inflicts some of the highest…

Social Security Reform: Responding to the Critics

Critics of President Bush’s Social Security reform proposal have used findings by Robert Shiller, professor of economics at Yale University, to suggest that many workers will lose money if they open p…

Will the President’s Proposal Solve Social Security’s Crisis?

The Bush Administration has proposed a two-part Social Security reform plan that would reduce the growth in initial benefit payments awarded to higher earners and allow all younger workers to invest p…

Tax and Social Security Reform: Thinking Outside the Box

This study examines the effects of fundamental tax reform as well as combining tax reform with fundamental Social Security reform.

Social Security and Progressive Indexing

President Bush has barnstormed across the country promoting Social Security reform. So far, the president has proposed two primary ideas: 1) Allow younger workers to prefund a portion of their retirem…

Stock Returns and Economic Growth

Over the last decade, the Social Security Administration has evaluated numerous reform proposals. Recently, when evaluating reforms that involve investments in the stock market, the Social Security Ad…

Reforming Social Security: Lessons from Thirty Countries

Social Security reform in the United States has become a nationally debated topic, but privately managed, funded plans are already a component of the social security systems of more than 30 nations ar…




 
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