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Countdown to reform : the great social security debate
Aaron, Henry J.
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Revised and updated for 2001.
Publication Information:
New York : Century Foundation Press, [2001]

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xv, 199 pages ; 23 cm
The changing meaning of retirement -- Key issues in the social security debate -- Will the baby boomers break the bank?
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Central Library HD7125 .A19 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this revised and updated edition, two respected economists argue that calls for scrapping Social Security in favour of a privatized plan are misguided and that the claims that the system faces bankruptcy are wrong. The authors analyze the economic assumptions underlying current reform efforts.

Author Notes

Henry J. Aaron is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he holds the Bruce and Virginia MacLaury Chair. Among his many books are Can We Say No? The Challenge of Rationing Health Care , with William B. Schwartz and Melissa Cox (Brookings, 2006), and Reforming Medicare: Options,Tradeoffs, and Opportunities , written with Jeanne Lambrew (Brookings, 2008). Robert D. Reischauer was a former director of the Congressional Budget Office.

Table of Contents

Richard C. Leone
Forewordp. v
List of Boxesp. x
List of Tablesp. xi
List of Figuresp. xii
Authors' Preface to the Second Editionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
1 Introductionp. 1
2 The Changing Meaning of Retirementp. 15
3 Key Issues in the Social Security Debatep. 31
4 Will the Baby Boomers Break the Bank?p. 57
5 Privatizationp. 73
6 The Case for Preserving Social Security: How Should It Be Done?p. 97
7 Proposals to Reform Social Security: A Report Cardp. 129
8 The Politics of Reformp. 165
Notesp. 177
Indexp. 191
About the Authorsp. 199

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