On the Distributional Effects of Social Security Reform

Mark Huggett, Gustavo Ventura

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Abstract

How will the distribution of welfare, consumption, and leisure across households be affected by social security reform? This paper addresses this question for social security reforms with a two-tier structure by comparing steady states under a realistic version of the current U.S. system and under the two-tier system. The first tier is a mandatory, defined-contribution pension offering a retirement annuity proportional to the value of taxes paid, whereas the second tier guarantees a minimum retirement income. Our findings, which are summarized in the Introduction, do not in general favor the implementation of pay-as-you go versions of the two-tier system for the U.S. economy. Journal of Economic Literature Classification Numbers: D3, E6.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)498-531
Number of pages34
JournalReview of Economic Dynamics
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Social security reform
Distributional effects
Retirement
Pay-as-you-go tax
Household
Economics
Leisure
Retirement income
Annuities
Pensions
Defined contribution
Tax
US economy
Guarantee

Keywords

  • Social security; distribution

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  • Economics and Econometrics

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On the Distributional Effects of Social Security Reform. / Huggett, Mark; Ventura, Gustavo.

In: Review of Economic Dynamics, Vol. 2, No. 3, 07.1999, p. 498-531.

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