The Economics of Private Pensions

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This book, part of the Studies in Social Economics series, examines old age pensions in the United States. Alicia H. Munnell explores the factors that have influenced the growth of private pension plans.

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This book, part of the Studies in Social Economics series, examines old age pensions in the United States. Alicia H. Munnell explores the factors that have influenced the growth of private pension plans.

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Meet the Author

Alicia H. Munnell is the Peter F. Drucker Professor of Management Sciences at Boston College's Carroll School of Management and director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. A former member of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, she has written or edited numerous books, including Coming Up Short:The Challenge of 401(k) Plans, with Annika Sundén (Brookings, 2004).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
A Framework for Considering Social Security Reform 29
The Economics of Social Security Reform 38
A Political Science Perspective on Social Security Reform 65
Employers and Individuals Must Do More Today to Allow Retirement Tomorrow 95
Individual Uncertainty in Retirement Income Planning under Different Public Pension Regimes 113
Would a Privatized Social Security System Really Pay a Higher Rate of Return? 137
Insuring against the Consequences of Widowhood in a Reformed Social Security System 157
The Politics of Pensions: Lessons from Abroad 183
Investing Public Money in Private Markets: What Are the Right Questions? 287
Myths and Misunderstandings about Public Opinion toward Social Security 355
The Political Feasibility of Social Security Reform 389
Contributors 431
Conference Program 433
Index 439
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