Brief Whichever Way We Go, Some Get Left Behind
C. Eugene Steuerle
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[Washington Post] Social Security's original mission was to protect society's most vulnerable from poverty. Figuring out who needs protection and how much of it, however, is not so simple. There are many sources of redistribution in Social Security, from rich to poor, from shorter-lived to longe-lived, and across generational, educational, and racial groups. This article suggests that attention to this primary mission of Social Security is being lost in the current debate.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Aging and retirement Social safety net
Tags Social Security Economic well-being Poverty Pensions Income and wealth distribution Retirement policy