A Challenge to Social Security - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121446802, 9781483261263

A Challenge to Social Security

1st Edition

The Changing Roles of Women and Men in American Society

Editors: Richard V. Burkhauser Karen C. Holden
eBook ISBN: 9781483261263
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th April 1982
Page Count: 298
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A Challenge to Social Security: The Changing Roles of Women and Men in American Society is a collection of papers that deals with social security reform. The papers concern insurance and pure income transfer aspects of various proposals and the assumptions regarding the family and work behavior found in each proposal. The proposed reforms attempt to fix the shortcomings of the Old Age, Survivors Insurance (OASI) Program, sometimes at the expense of reducing the subsidy for women who remain at home, or through alterations of the subsidy's nature. Other papers discuss the current spouse benefits under the dual entitlement rule; homemaker credits; child-care drop-out years; and one going against the grain, earnings sharing. One paper sees earning sharing as the only way to provide security to the homemaker without being unfair to the working wife. Other papers tackle the issues of women and a two-tier social security system; the double-decker alternative to eliminate dependency under social security; and the social security reform from a feminist's perspective. This collection can prove useful for economists, sociologists, political scientists, and policy makers involved in welfare and social security.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables



Director's Foreword

1 Introduction

The Current System: How It Works

Historical Conflicts in OASI

The Controversy over Spouse Benefits

A Look at Alternative Reforms


2 Concepts Underlying the Current Controversy about Women's Social Security Benefits

Basic Concepts in Social Insurance and Related Programs

Changing the Social Security System


3 Supplemental OASI Benefits to Homemakers Through Current Spouse Benefits, a Homemaker Credit, and Child-Care Drop-Out Years

The Dual Entitlement Provision: An Implicit Means Test

The Distribution of Dependent Benefits among the Aged

Substituting an Explicit Credit for Spouse Benefits

Evaluation of Alternative Systems



4 Earnings Sharing: Incremental and Fundamental Reform

Spouse Benefit versus Earnings Sharing

The Current Earnings-Sharing Proposals



5 Women and a Two-Tier Social Security System

Major Problems Surrounding the Treatment of Women under Social Security

The Two-Tier System with Earnings Sharing

Impact on Women




6 The Double-Decker Alternative for Eliminating Dependency under Social Security

The Double-Decker Alternative for Eliminating Dependency under Social Security

The Simulation

The Immediate Impact of Adopting a Double-Decker System

The Overall Social Security Benefit Structure and the Objectives of Old-Age Income Maintenance Policy


7 Disability Insurance under Proposed Reforms


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Richard V. Burkhauser

Karen C. Holden

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