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Social Security Policy in a Changing Environment
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Social Security Policy in a Changing Environment

Jeffrey R. Brown, Jeffrey B. Liebman, and David A. Wise

Abstract

This book analyzes the changing economic and demographic environment in which social insurance programs that benefit elderly households will operate. It also explores how these ongoing trends will affect future beneficiaries, under both the current social security program and potential reform options. This book probes the challenge posed to Social Security by an aging population. The chapters examine trends in private sector retirement saving and health care costs, as well as the uncertain nature of future demographic, economic, and social trends—including marriage and divorce rates and female ... More

Keywords: economic environment, demographic environment, elderly, social security policy, marriage rates, divorce rates, labor force

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226076485
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226076508.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey R. Brown, editor

Jeffrey B. Liebman, editor

David A. Wise, editor

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Introduction

Jeffrey R. Brown, Jeffrey Liebman, and David A. Wise

I Innovative Approaches To Social Security Reform

1 Removing the Disincentives in Social Security for Long Careers

Gopi Shah Goda, John B. Shoven, and Sita Nataraj Slavov

II Retirement Plan Choice

4 Who Chooses Defined Contribution Plans?

Jeffrey R. Brown and Scott J. Weisbenner

5 The Importance of Default Options for Retirement Saving Outcomes

John Beshears, James J. Choi, David Laibson, and Brigitte C. Madrian

III Reducing Financial Market Risk In Personal Retirement Accounts

7 Pricing Personal Account Benefit Guarantees

Andrew Biggs, Clark Burdick, and Kent Smetters

8 Reducing Social Security PRA Risk at the Individual Level

James M. Poterba, Joshua Rauh, Steven F. Venti, and David A. Wise

IV Demographics, Asset Flows, and Macroeconomic Markets

10 The Decline of Defined Benefit Retirement Plans and Asset Flows

James M. Poterba, Steven F. Venti, and David A. Wise

Mortality Projections

12 Is the U.S. Population Behaving Healthier?

David M. Cutler, Edward L. Glaeser, and Allison B. Rosen