Brief Does Social Security Treat Spouses Fairly?
C. Eugene Steuerle, Christopher Spiro, Adam Carasso
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In 1939, policymakers designed spousal benefitsintended as payment for nonworking wivesbased on the traditional gender roles of a working husband and his dependent spouse. Although this model of the conventional family is quickly being replaced by the two-earner family, spousal benefits have changed very little since their inception. A number of inequities and distortions arise from maintaining benefits based on archaic notions of family structure.
Research Areas Education Aging and retirement Families
Tags Social Security Pensions