Conferees examined issues about national savings and economic growth, the political risks and realities in reforms, lessons from private pensions developments in the United States, and the efforts of other advanced industrial countries to adapt their old-age pensions to an aging population. Speakers posed philosophical arguments about collective versus individual responsibility and the implications of market risks and political risks for stable and secure retirement income policy. The conference drew on findings from 18 months of work by the Academy's Panel on Evaluating Issues in Social Security Privatization.
R. Douglas Arnold
Professor of Politics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
Michael J. Graetz
Justus S. Hotchkiss Professor of Law, Yale University
Alicia H. Munnell
Peter F. Drucker Professor of Management Sciences, Boston College
A book of published proceedings, Framing the Social Security Debate: Values, Politics, and Economics, edited by R. Douglas Arnold, Michael J. Graetz, and Alicia H. Munnell, is available through the Brookings Institution Press at 800-275-1447.