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This collection of essays represents contemporary economic thinking about the past, present, and future of the old age, survivors, and disability components of Social Security. Since Medicare is addressed only peripherally, the contributing authors focus on the most frequently debated issues of the impending crisis facing Social Security pension and disability entitlements, including financing benefits, the adequacy of benefits, means testing, and socioeconomic effects of the Social Security system. Issues of gender, equity, and history distinguish this book from others that focus exclusively on financial considerations. To be sure, actuarial soundness and fiscal stability are addressed in detail by some of today's most capable economists and actuaries. As the title implies, this book combines some of today's more extensive quantitative work with a critical eye for maintaining the system's viability through the 21st century. Those who seek a greater understanding of the current Social Security framework with intentions of recommending reform could find the bulk of what they need in this single volume. Upper-division undergraduate through professional. D. T. Russell Illinois Wesleyan University
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