Social Security After Fifty

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The papers making up this book were given at a 1986 conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Social Security system. Chapters on the earlier history are followed by an evaluation of how economists have viewed social security, and by an analysis of the influence of administrative problems. W. Andrew Achenbaum makes some bold proposals for fundamental changes in social policy. Wilbur J. Cohen, a ``founding father,'' gives his vision of social security ten years from now; and Robert J. Myers, another ``insider,'' counters by predicting no essential change. These contributions should be of interest to those concerned with American social policy. Recommended for research collections. Harry Frumerman, formerly with Economics Dept., Hunter Coll., CUNY
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EDWARD D. BERKOWITZ is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in History and Public Policy at George Washington University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Social Security Celebrates an Anniversary by Edward D. Berkowitz

Historical Perspectives on Old-Age Insurance: The State of the Art on the Art of the State by Mark H. Leff

The First Advisory Council and the 1939 Amendments by Edward D. Berkowitz

Social Security and the Economists by Henry J. Aaron and Lawrence H. Thompson

The Plight of the Social Security Administration by Martha Derthick

Social Security: A Source of Support for All Ages by W. Andrew Achenbaum

Social Security in 1995: The Future as a Reflection of the Past by Wilbur J. Cohen

A Reply to Wilbur J. Cohen by Robert J. Myers

Recommended Reading

Index

About the Contributors

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