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Economic Commentary

Does Social Security Worsen Inequality?

Gaps between the rich and poor grow once people hit retirement. Some say privatizing Social Security will increase wealth inequality among retirees. This Commentary argues it won’t and suggests that the current system may be reducing wealth mobility from one generation to the next. This Commentary is based on a presentation given at the CATO Institutes conference on Social Security Privatization, February 5—7, 2001.

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Suggested Citation

Gokhale, Jagadeesh. 2001. “Does Social Security Worsen Inequality?” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 8/15/2001.

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