The Growth of Social Security: Electoral Push or Political Pull?
AbstractThe Social Security program has grown more than a thousand-fold since its inception. Even after the increased number of retired persons and inflation are accounted for, average real Social Security benefit levels more than tripled from the late 1940s to the early 1980s. What accounts for this growth? This paper finds that increased retirement benefit levels are generated by changes in the constraints faced by the median voter rather than by changes in the polictical power of social interest groups. The results suggest that the median voter has a finite planning horizon. Copyright 1990 by Oxford University Press.
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