Why the Politics of Social Security Could Improve the Status of the Poor

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Why the Politics of Social Security Could Improve the Status of the Poor

November 15, 2001

Abstract

Social Security reform - regardless of the success of the 16-member commission appointed in May by President George W. Bush - is inevitable. Although the reform debates usually raise the specter of scaled-back benefits growth, systemic change could also improve basic Social Security benefits for the poor and near poor. While we think enhancing the prospects of the poor makes economic sense, we also see a political case for making antipoverty protection a reform goal.

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