Social Security Reform: Risks, Returns, and Race

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Dorothy A. Brown

Emory University School of Law

Karen C. Burke

University of Florida - Levin College of Law

Grayson M. P. McCouch

University of Florida - Levin College of Law

Date Written: 2000

Abstract

The debate over social security reform has far-reaching implications for the economic well-being of blacks and other minority groups. In this article, we examine how blacks have fared under the existing system, and then consider the likely consequences of moving toward a privatized system. Specifically, we consider the claim, recently advanced by some privatizers, that blacks receive an especially "bad deal" under the existing system and would be better off under a privatized system. We find that, for blacks as a group, this claim tends to overstate both the shortcomings of the existing system and the advantages of privatization. Furthermore, we urge that the racial impact of social security reform deserves serious and sustained consideration. While the path of reform will inevitably require difficult tradeoffs between competing policy goals and political constituencies, no serious reform proposal can ignore the issue of racial equality in the debate over social security.

Suggested Citation

Brown, Dorothy Andrea and Burke, Karen C. and McCouch, Grayson M. P., Social Security Reform: Risks, Returns, and Race (2000). Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 9, No. 633, 2000; Emory Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2468163

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Karen C. Burke

University of Florida - Levin College of Law ( email )

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Grayson M. P. McCouch

University of Florida - Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

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