Social Security

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

In the debate over creating a new federal paid-leave program, conservatives think they have found the ultimate free lunch.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

With inflation ticking upward in 2017, retirees are likely to see the largest cost-of-living adjustment in their Social Security benefits since 2011.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Retirees are likely to see a positive but very small cost-of-living adjustment in their Social Security benefits next year.

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Since its enactment in 1935, Social Security has become an important feature of the retirement landscape for all Americans. But its finances are in need of repair. Despite the significant taxes already paid into the Social Security system, future benefit payments are expected to both outrun future tax revenues and consume any accumulated surplus (Chart 1). 

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

We are all reasonably familiar with the idea of Social Security: You pay money in while you’re working and you get something back when you’re retired. But the system is complex, and even the most basic rules are misunderstood by a large segment of the population.

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

The annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be announced on Oct. 15, when the last data required to compute it becomes available. But the data already suggest that prices have fallen over the past 12 months, removing the need for an adjustment. If prices have fallen but the COLA is zero, the purchasing power of Social Security benefits would increase.

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Deciding when to apply for Social Security benefits is one of the most important (and most daunting) decisions a person will make in their life.  With the release of the Social Security Administration’s Trustee’s report last week, it’s only appropriate to examine seven commonly held myths about this complex government program:  

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Good news: Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan may put the focus of the presidential campaign on the sustainability of the U.S. budget. Bad news: Ryan’s plan delivers some tough medicine.

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Economic Bulletin

Since 1935, AIER has spotted flaws in the program. A quick look at 77 years of commentary.

by AIER Staff

Monday, June 11th, 2012

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but a steak tastes not as sweet - if it's a cut of horse  meat... The new CPI calculations are designed to further disguise inflation and the erosion of your standard of living.

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Research Reports

Vol. LXXIX, No. 10 | June 4, 2012

Don’t be fooled by overly optimistic projections. It’s even worse than you think.

by AIER Research Staff

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Research Reports

Vol. LXXIX, No. 9, May 21, 2012

Three much-discussed ways to curb Social Security payouts may be inadequate-and come at a high human cost.

by Shelly X. Liang, PhD, Research Fellow  

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
"As to where the money is coming from, Humphrey announced, "We can pay for it out of a growing, expanding economy. And it is actuarially sound." It is depressing to record that three days later, on Sept.
Monday, February 21st, 2011
"Classic Obama debt reduction: Add $2 trillion in new taxes, then add another $1 trillion in new spending and, presto, you've got $1 trillion of debt reduction.
Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Research Reports - 11/02/2009

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Economic Education Bulletin

Vol. XLVII No. 12 : December, 2007

Monday, September 1st, 2003

Economic Bulletin

Vol. XLIII, no. 9 | September 2003

by John Attarian

Monday, August 28th, 2000

Research Reports - 2000, Issue: 16

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