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The Distributional Aspects of Social Security and Social Security Reform
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The Distributional Aspects of Social Security and Social Security Reform

Martin Feldstein and Jeffrey B. Liebman

Abstract

Social security is the largest and perhaps the most popular program run by the federal government. Given the projected increase in both individual life expectancy and sheer number of retirees, however, the current system faces an eventual overload. Alternative proposals have emerged, ranging from reductions in future benefits to a rise in tax revenue to various forms of investment-based personal retirement accounts. As this volume suggests, the distributional consequences of these proposals are substantially different and may disproportionately affect those groups who depend on social security ... More

Keywords: social security, federal government, life expectancy, retirees, tax revenue, personal retirement accounts, investment, poverty, taxpayers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780226241067
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226241890.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Feldstein, editor

Jeffrey B. Liebman, editor

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