The Effects of Social Security Reform on Private Pensions

SIEPR Policy Research Paper No. 00-17

43 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2001

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Andrew A. Samwick

Dartmouth College - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: December 2000

Abstract

Among the far-reaching effects of Social Security reform on the rest of the economy is the impact on private pensions. This paper develops a model of pension plan design that incorporates heterogeneity in tastes for saving and sorting of workers in the labor market. The model is used to analyze the likely effects of a range of Social Security reform proposals on the design of employer-provided pensions. Several reform options are shown to change the relative benefits received by high- and low-income workers and to affect the ability of pension plan sponsors to comply with nondiscrimination rules for the distribution of pension contributions and benefits.

JEL Classification: H55, J32

Suggested Citation

Samwick, Andrew A., The Effects of Social Security Reform on Private Pensions (December 2000). SIEPR Policy Research Paper No. 00-17, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=257768 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.257768

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