A Proposal to Restructure Retirement Saving Incentives in a Weak Economy with Long-Term Deficits

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A Proposal to Restructure Retirement Saving Incentives in a Weak Economy with Long-Term Deficits

September 9, 2011

Abstract

This paper discusses a proposal that would reform public policies toward retirement saving by replacing the current deduction for contributions to retirement saving accounts with a flat-rate refundable credit that would be deposited directly into the savers account. The proposal would (a) address long-standing concerns in the retirement saving system by improving incentives for most households to participate and by raising national saving, (b) offset pressures created by the current weak economy for households to reduce their retirement saving, (c) help solve the long-term fiscal problem facing the country by raising $450 billion over the next decade.

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