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Fixing Social Security — What Would Bismarck Do?

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Social Security needs to be fundamentally reformed without undermining its legitimate mission — forcing people to save and insure and providing forms of social insurance that the private market would either not provide or provide poorly. Although the system has done great good, it is incomprehensible, inefficient, inequitable, and, most important, insolvent. This paper lays out a simple, modern version of Social Security that Bismarck would surely support. My proposed Personal Security System is fully funded, transparent, efficient, fair, and progressive. It features personal accounts that are collectively invested by the government (not Wall Street) at zero cost to workers.

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  • Kotlikoff, Laurence J., 2011. "Fixing Social Security — What Would Bismarck Do?," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association;National Tax Journal, vol. 64(2), pages 415-428, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:64:y:2011:i:2:p:415-28
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    1. Frédéric Gannon & Florence Legros & Vincent Touze, 2016. "Sustainability of pensions schemes : building a smooth automatic balance mechanism with an application to the US social security," Sciences Po publications 2016-16, Sciences Po.
    2. Frédéric Gannon & Florence Legros & Vincent Touzé, 2016. "Sustainability of pension schemes : building a smooth automatic balance mechanism with an application to tu US social security," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2016-16, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).

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