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Social Security Reform: Lessons From Private Pensions, Karen C. Burke, Grayson M.P. Mccouch Jan 2007

Social Security Reform: Lessons From Private Pensions, Karen C. Burke, Grayson M.P. Mccouch

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Widespread concerns about the long-term fiscal gap in Social Security have prompted various proposals for structural reform, with individual accounts as the centerpiece. Carving out individual accounts from the existing system would shift significant risks and responsibilities to individual workers. A parallel development has already occurred in the area of private pensions. Experience with 401(k) plans indicates that many workers will have difficulty making prudent decisions concerning investment and withdrawal of funds. Moreover, in implementing any system of voluntary individual accounts, it will be important to design default settings that provide appropriate guidance for workers with heterogeneous levels of financial …