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Reforming Public Pensions in the US and the UK

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This essay describes the current debate on reforming Social Security in the US, along with a brief description of how the programme works. Along the way it comments on the quality of some reform proposals as well as their political standing. Where issues are similar, some inferences are drawn for the UK. While the focus of this essay is the political debate, the debate and my analysis do draw on the academic literature, which is not surprising since academics have played a number of roles in the debate, making reform proposals, being on and staffing the commission appointed by President Bush, and working for the Bush administration. Copyright 2006 Royal Economic Society.

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  • Peter Diamond, 2006. "Reforming Public Pensions in the US and the UK," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 116(509), pages 94-118, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:116:y:2006:i:509:p:f94-f118
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    1. Edward M. Gramlich, "undated". "Reforming Social Security?," Pension Research Council Working Papers 95-12, Wharton School Pension Research Council, University of Pennsylvania.
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    1. Sanders, Lisanne & De Waegenaere, Anja & Nijman, Theo E., 2013. "When can insurers offer products that dominate delayed old-age pension benefit claiming?," Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 53(1), pages 134-149.
    2. Hidalgo, Pedro & Manzur, Enrique & Olavarrieta, Sergio & FariĀ­as, Pablo, 2008. "Customer retention and price matching: The AFPs case," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 61(6), pages 691-696, June.

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    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics

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