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Employer Pensions Taking Root

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/9780199890958.003.0012
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter looks at the early development of employer-sponsored pension plans. The evolution of employer-sponsored pensions from the 1910s until the passage of the Employee Retirement Income ... More


Securing Tax-Favored Benefits and Living Standards

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/9780199890958.003.0028
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter argues that the U.S. retirement system that has served generations retiring in the past is no longer sustainable in many cases for the baby boom and future generations. It first ... More


Retirement USA

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/9780199890958.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This book focuses on the impending retirement crisis in the United States, something that has been apparent for decades but never addressed. Since the 1980s, the Social Security trustees have been ... More


Good Intentions Gone Awry

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/9780199890958.003.0016
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines how the retirement plan regulations adopted during the 1980s, intended to bring more lower-earning workers into retirement plans and ensure they received an equitable share of ... 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


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


The Unfolding of a Predictable Defined Benefit 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/9780199890958.003.0018
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines the evolution of price-to-earnings ratios for corporate stocks in the United States from 1981 through the third quarter of 2010. It shows that from the time policymakers started ... 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


The 1980s: A Decade of Regulatory Schizophrenia

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/9780199890958.003.0015
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter focuses on the regulatory regime for employer-sponsored pension plans. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was fundamentally about securing pension benefits as workers ... More


Growing Pains for Private Retirement Plans

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/9780199890958.003.0013
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter looks at the three risks associated with employer-sponsored pension plans during the 1950s and 1960s: agency risk, forfeiture risk, and default risk. It begins with a discussion of ... More


The Fellow behind the Tree

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/9780199890958.003.0026
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines three distinct perspectives on the current condition of the retirement system in the United States. Some argue that the system is too hot, costing more of the nation’s public ... More


And Then, A Predictable Defined Contribution 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/9780199890958.003.0019
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Microeconomics

This chapter examines the implications of the shift from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans. In 1975, almost 68 percent of the benefits that were paid out of private ... 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


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


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