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The controversy over the US Social Security Surplus. A non conventional view

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  • Sergio Cesaratto

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This paper examines the US controversy over the Social Security ‘Trust Fund’ (SS-TF). It is shown that, according to neoclassical theory, the SS-TF has a substantial meaning as a safety belt in view of the alleged pending problems of, but, according to more Keynesian principles, it does not play this function. On the opposite, the establishment of a SS-TF will have deflationary effects on the economy

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Siena in its series Department of Economics University of Siena with number 418.

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