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Social security and the consumer price index for the elderly

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  • Bart Hobijn
  • David Lagakos

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Some argue that social security benefits should be adjusted using a price index that reflects the spending habits of the elderly rather than those of workers. This study suggests that if such an index were adopted today, over the next forty years benefit levels would increase and the social security trust fund could become insolvent up to five years sooner than projected.

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  • Bart Hobijn & David Lagakos, 2003. "Social security and the consumer price index for the elderly," Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vol. 9(May).
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fednci:y:2003:i:may:n:v.9no.6
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    1. Erica L. Groshen & Thomas Klitgaard, 2002. "Live long and prosper: challenges ahead for an aging population," Current Issues in Economics and Finance, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vol. 8(Feb).
    2. David E. Lebow & Jeremy B. Rudd, 2003. "Measurement Error in the Consumer Price Index: Where Do We Stand?," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 41(1), pages 159-201, March.
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    1. Casper Ewijk & Maikel Volkerink, 2012. "Will Ageing Lead to a Higher Real Exchange Rate for the Netherlands?," De Economist, Springer, vol. 160(1), pages 59-80, March.
    2. Bart Hobijn & David Lagakos, 2005. "Inflation Inequality In The United States," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 51(4), pages 581-606, December.
    3. Gopi Shah Goda & John B. Shoven & Sita Nataraj Slavov, 2011. "How Well Are Social Security Recipients Protected from Inflation?," NBER Chapters,in: Investigations in the Economics of Aging, pages 119-139 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. Leon Bettendorf & Hans Dewachter, 2007. "Ageing and the Relative Price of Nontradeables," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 07-064/2, Tinbergen Institute.
    5. Max Groneck & Christoph Kaufmann, 2014. "Relative Sectoral Prices and Population Ageing: A Common Trend," Working Paper Series in Economics 69, University of Cologne, Department of Economics.

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