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Divorce, Women's Earnings, and Retirement over the Life Course

Kenneth A. Couch, Christopher R. Tamborini, Gayle L. Reznik, and John W. R. Phillips

in Lifecycle Events and Their Consequences: Job Loss, Family Change, and Declines in Health

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780804785853
eISBN:
9780804786430
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804785853.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

The authors of this chapter examine the impact of divorce and remarriage on labor supply and Social Security retirement benefits among women. The results show that women who divorce and never remarry ... More


Tax Benefits and Benefit Taxes

Sylvester J. Schieber

in The Predictable Surprise: Unraveling the U.S. Retirement System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199890958
eISBN:
9780190261382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890958.003.0024
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines issues regarding the distribution and costs of Social Security benefits. Since the passage of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), much of the policy dialogue ... More


Public Pensions: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Sylvester J. Schieber

in The Predictable Surprise: Unraveling the U.S. Retirement System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199890958
eISBN:
9780190261382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890958.003.0020
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines issues surrounding retirement plans for workers from the public sector. The retirement benefits of public-sector workers account for a disproportionately large share of the ... More


Some Good News … or Not

Sylvester J. Schieber

in The Predictable Surprise: Unraveling the U.S. Retirement System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199890958
eISBN:
9780190261382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890958.003.0017
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines issues concerning employer-sponsored pension plans. By the late twentieth century, the employer-sponsored retirement system was becoming an increasingly larger slice of the ... More


End Game: A Gold Watch, Pat on the Back, and More

Sylvester J. Schieber

in The Predictable Surprise: Unraveling the U.S. Retirement System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199890958
eISBN:
9780190261382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890958.003.0022
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines the policy debates over Social Security retirement benefits and concerns about the economic security of retirees. It first considers the extent of retirement income security ... More


We’ve Killed the Goose, Let’s Gild the Eggs

Sylvester J. Schieber

in The Predictable Surprise: Unraveling the U.S. Retirement System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199890958
eISBN:
9780190261382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890958.003.0023
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines concerns about what workers do with their participant-directed retirement savings plans. While recent restructuring has made defined contribution plans considerably more ... More


Securing the Social Security Foundation

Sylvester J. Schieber

in The Predictable Surprise: Unraveling the U.S. Retirement System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199890958
eISBN:
9780190261382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890958.003.0027
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines some of the thematic and component recommendations in existing proposals to strengthen the Social Security foundation, with particular emphasis on those that have been recently ... More


Remembering the Future

Sylvester J. Schieber

in The Predictable Surprise: Unraveling the U.S. Retirement System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199890958
eISBN:
9780190261382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890958.003.0029
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter looks at the future prospects for the U.S. retirement system. Many people today credit President Franklin D. Roosevelt for the tremendous success that Social Security has wrought in ... More


ERISA: The Transition to a New Regulatory Regime

Sylvester J. Schieber

in The Predictable Surprise: Unraveling the U.S. Retirement System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199890958
eISBN:
9780190261382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890958.003.0014
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter looks at the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), a piece of legislation that dramatically refocused federal oversight of employer-sponsored pension plans. The overall intent ... More


Crisis and Reactions: Conflict, Consensus and Surprise

Sylvester J. Schieber

in The Predictable Surprise: Unraveling the U.S. Retirement System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199890958
eISBN:
9780190261382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890958.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines the financing crisis afflicting Social Security during the 1980s. When Ronald Reagan was inaugurated in January 1981, Secretary of Health and Human Services Richard Schweiker ... More


Operations under Pay-As-You-Go Financing

Sylvester J. Schieber

in The Predictable Surprise: Unraveling the U.S. Retirement System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199890958
eISBN:
9780190261382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890958.003.0007
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter explains how pay-as-you-go financing works and the problems that it has caused for Social Security. In general, a pay-as-you-go pension system is funded by payroll taxes. The Social ... More


Early Concerns Prove Nagging and Persistent

Sylvester J. Schieber

in The Predictable Surprise: Unraveling the U.S. Retirement System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199890958
eISBN:
9780190261382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890958.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines early concerns about Social Security, particularly worries about paying welfare benefits through the program and misusing its trust fund. President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s ... More


Policy Stalemate at the Demographic Divide

Sylvester J. Schieber

in The Predictable Surprise: Unraveling the U.S. Retirement System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199890958
eISBN:
9780190261382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890958.003.0010
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines the policies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush concerning Social Security. The 1994–1996 Advisory Council on Social Security appointed by Clinton came up with a single set of ... More


Sorting Out the Trust Fund Semantics and Realities

Sylvester J. Schieber

in The Predictable Surprise: Unraveling the U.S. Retirement System

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199890958
eISBN:
9780190261382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199890958.003.0009
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines issues surrounding the Social Security trust fund. The assets in the Social Security trust funds are special-issue federal bonds prescribed by law. Some 130–135 million workers ... More


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