Tag: Social Security

Cheerful senior man at home looking at his mail

The brief’s key findings are: Social Security’s minimum benefit for retirees with very low career earnings does not prevent poverty and is withering away due to a design flaw. A broad consensus exists for enhancing this benefit to at least keep full-time, full-career workers out of poverty. Reform proposals, though, do differ over the extent…

Mom and baby at a computer

Created in the 1930s, Social Security’s spousal benefit – it’s half of a retired husband’s benefit – was the way to compensate housewives for the work of raising children. The world has changed, but Social Security hasn’t been modified to reflect the rise of the full-time, working mother. Today, married women frequently have earned enoug…