Social Security

Retirement Savings Reforms on which the Left and the Right Can Agree

As the baby boomers near retirement, defects in the nation's private pension system are becoming obvious. Only about half of workers contribute to an employer-sponsored pension plan in any given year,…

How Will We Pay for Social Security and Medicare?

Social Security and Medicare are making future promises much greater than the taxes that will be collected at current rates. Unfortunately, some policymakers seem to be intent on making the problem wo…

The 2004 Medicare and Social Security Trustees Reports

The 2004 Medicare and Social Security Trustees Reports show that programs for the elderly are on an unsustainable course. The expenditures exceed the revenues to be collected, and the funding gap is p…

Social Security & Medicare Forecast: 2004

The 2004 annual reports for Social Security and Medicare examine the short- and long-term health of these programs, and highlight the financial burdens they will create for future generations. If not…

Eliminating the Social Security Payroll Cap: A Bad Idea

Most proposals to address Social Security's looming insolvency would integrate a private investment component into the current system, allowing younger workers to fund part of their own future benefit…

Social Security, Women and Working Families

Social Security is a product of the 1930s. The United States has changed significantly over the past six decades, but Social Security remains much the same. It is out-of-date and in dire need of refor…

The Impact of Social Security Reform on Women in Three Countries

This paper analyzes the differential impact on the two genders of pension reforms in Chile, Argentina and Mexico, which have adopted systems in which social security benefits are primarily financed by…

The Federal Thrift Savings Plan: A Model for Social Security Reform

In just 15 years, workers' Social Security payroll taxes will fall short of what is needed to pay promised benefits, and the system will require increasing cash transfers from general revenues. One wa…