Making Sense of Social Security Reform
But what is the average person to make of all this? How many Americans know where the money for Social Security benefits really comes from, or who wins and loses from the system's overall operations? Few people understand the current Social Security system in even its broadest outlines. And yet Social Security reform is ranked among the most important social issues of our time.
With Making Sense of Social Security Reform, Daniel Shaviro makes an important contribution to the public understanding of the issues involved in reforming Social Security. His book clearly and straightforwardly describes the current system and the pressures that have been brought to bear upon it, before dissecting and evaluating the various reform proposals. Accessible to anyone who has an interest in the issue, Shaviro's new work is unique in offering a balanced, nonpartisan account.
2. The Basic Building Blocks: Social Security Taxes and Benefits
3. Social Security as a System of Forced Saving and Limited Portfolio Choice Plus or Minus a Transfer
4. Social Security and Social Insurance
5. The Social Security Trust Fund: The Economics of Funding and the Politics of Accounting
6. Traditionalist Social Security Reform Proposals
7. Proposals to "Privatize" Social Security
8. A Modest Proposal: Progressive Privatization