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Federal Transfer Payments in America: Veterans' Pensions and the Rise of Social Security


  • Baack, Ben
  • Ray, Edward John


The paper examines the determinants of the adoption of the Veterans' Pension Program and how it served as a prototype for the creation and administration of the federal welfare system in the United States. The authors provide evidence from votes in the House of Representatives that state-based special interests, which have supported the ongoing liberalization of the Veterans' Pension Program, provided significant support for the adoption of the Social Security Act of 1935. There is clear evidence the Social Security System was not adopted as a simple extension of state old-age pension programs. Copyright 1988 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Baack, Ben & Ray, Edward John, 1988. "Federal Transfer Payments in America: Veterans' Pensions and the Rise of Social Security," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 26(4), pages 687-702, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:26:y:1988:i:4:p:687-702

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    1. Hugh Rockoff, 2001. "The Changing Role of America’s Veterans," Departmental Working Papers 200113, Rutgers University, Department of Economics.

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