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Five Fallacies in the Social Security Debate

  • Persson, Mats

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    (Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm University)

This paper discusses five examples of the conventional wisdom that has often been expressed in the social security debate, even among academic economists. These are: 1. The major problem in most social security systems is that of demography: people simply live too long. 2. Disregarding the issue of demography, a Pay-As-You-Go system is inferior to a fully funded system since the former usually has a lower rate of return. 3. Disregarding the portfolio aspect (which might favor a PAYG system), a funded system dominates a PAYG system in a world of certainty. 4. The social security system is a suitable instrument for intergenerational risk sharing. 5. The government is a safe and reliable provider of insurance.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Institute for International Economic Studies in its series Seminar Papers with number 686.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jun 2000
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iiessp:0686
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