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Workers Should Want to Pay More for Social Security


  • J. R. Clark
  • Dwight R. Lee


One controversial aspect of the current Social Security system has been the relative distribution of its net costs and benefits between employers and workers. Using simple supply and demand analysis, we demonstrate that proponents and opponents of the current system are making arguments that support the position of their adversaries. In particular, proponents of the existing Social Security system should be arguing that workers pay all of the Social Security tax and then some with lower wages, while opponents should be arguing that employers are paying most of the tax. (JEL H55, D78) Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

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  • J. R. Clark & Dwight R. Lee, 2006. "Workers Should Want to Pay More for Social Security," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 44(4), pages 753-758, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:44:y:2006:i:4:p:753-758

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    JEL classification:

    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • D78 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Positive Analysis of Policy Formulation and Implementation


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