Social Security and Its Discontents: Perspectives on Choice


Among the issues discussed are the problems of the current system; proposals for the reform; and the impact of reform on the poor, women, and minorities.

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Among the issues discussed are the problems of the current system; proposals for the reform; and the impact of reform on the poor, women, and minorities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930865556
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Pages: 220
  • Lexile: 1560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Reengineering social security for the 21st century 13
2 The trust fund, the surplus, and the real social security problem 37
3 "Saving" social security is not enough 53
4 Property rights : the hidden issue of social security reform 69
5 Private investment of social security : the $10 trillion opportunity 81
6 The moral case for a market-based retirement system 89
7 Social security choices for the 21st-century woman 111
8 The impact of social security reform on low-income workers 133
9 Disparate impact : social security and African Americans 147
10 No second best : the unappetizing alternatives to individual accounts 165
11 Empowering workers : the privatization of social security in Chile 189
12 Perspectives on the President's commission to strengthen social security 201
13 The 6.2 percent solution : a plan for reforming social security 281
14 Speaking the truth about social security reform 309
15 Administration costs and the relative efficiency of public and private social security systems 313
16 Personal accounts in a down market : how recent stock market declines affect the social security reform debate 333
17 Public opinion and private accounts : measuring risk and confidence in rethinking social security 357
Contributors 371
Index 373
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