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The Risk Premium for Equity: Implications for Clinton's Proposed Diversification of the Social Security Trust Fund

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  • Grant, S.
  • Quiggin, J.

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Any meaningful reform of the US Social Security system must deal with the system's current outstanding accumulated unfunded liabilities. The authors model these as a once-off financial liability payable 'tomorrow'. They show that if the equity premium puzzle arises from adverse selection problems which prevent risk-spreading through market transactions, then the government can improve the ex ante welfare of the young today by acquiring equity today to assist in financing its obligations to meet social security payments to the old tomorrow.

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Paper provided by Australian National University - Department of Economics in its series Papers with number 368.

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Length: 12 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fth:aunaec:368

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Postal: THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS, RESEARCH SCHOOL of PACIFIC STUDIES, RESEARCH SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, G.P.O. 4, CANBERRA ACT 2601 AUSTRALIA..O. BOX 4 CANBERRA 2601 AUSTRALIA.
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Keywords: SOCIAL SECURITY ; EQUITY ; FISCAL POLICY;

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Cited by:
  1. Grant, Simon & Quiggin, John, 2003. "The Risk Premium for Equity: Implicatiosn for Resource Allocation, Welfare adn Policy," Working Papers 2003-14, Rice University, Department of Economics.
  2. Grant, Simon & Quiggin, John, 2000. "The interaction between the equity premium and the risk-free rate," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 69(1), pages 71-79, October.
  3. Grant, S. & Quiggin, J., 2001. "The Risk Premium for Equity: Explanations and Implications," Discussion Paper 2001-89, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.

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