Social Security Reform: Responding to the Critics

Policy Reports | Social Security

No. 281
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
by Andrew J. Rettenmaier and Zijun Wang

About the Authors

Dr. Andrew J. Rettenmaier is the Executive Associate Director at the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University. His primary research areas are labor economics and public policy economics with an emphasis on Medicare and Social Security. Dr. Rettenmaier and the Center’s Director, Thomas R. Saving, have presented their Medicare reform proposal to U.S. Senate Subcommittees and to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. Their proposal has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, Houston Chronicle and Dallas Morning News. Dr. Rettenmaier is the co-principal investigator on several research grants and also serves as the editor of the Center’s two newsletters, PERCspectives on Policy and PERCspectives. He is coauthor of a book on Medicare, The Economics of Medicare Reform (Kalamazoo, Mich.: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2000) and an editor of Medicare Reform: Issues and Answers (University of Chicago Press, 1999). Dr. Rettenmaier is a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Dr. Zijun Wang is an Assistant Research Scientist of the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University. His primary research interests are econometric forecasting, empirical consumption analysis and health economics. Dr. Wang has published in the Journal of Forecasting and has presented his research on stock market volatility at an international conference. He has served as a referee for Economic Inquiry. Before coming to the United States Dr. Wang published several papers on the Chinese economy, and is the co-author of Road Toward Market Economy, Xinhua Press House, Beijing, 1993. Dr. Wang has worked extensively on Medicare and Social Security research since he joined the Private Enterprise Research Center.

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