Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Message from the Associate Commissioner

Academic journal article Social Security Bulletin

Message from the Associate Commissioner

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Employer provided pensions are an important part of retirement income security. However, efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of the pension system are hampered by the system's growing complexity and by limitations in available data. The lead article in this issue of the Bulletin, "Pension Benefits Among the Aged: Conflicting Measures, Unequal Distributions" by John R. Woods contributes new insights about some of these data. It focuses on a particular indicator-the total amount of pension benefits paid in a given year-and examines conflicting estimates from several different data sources, identifying points of discrepancy and deriving a more clearly defined estimate. In addition, the article reexamines the issue of inequality in the distribution of pension benefits among higher income groups. Such findings should inform the policy debates about retirement policy generally, as well as potential impacts on Social Security in the future.

In the second article, "Poverty Among Single Elderly Women Under Different Systems of Old-Age Security: A Comparative Review," Jurg K. Siegenthaler reviews the available comparative research on the economic status of elderly single women in six industrialized countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Dr. Siegenthaler acknowledges the sizable contribution of standardized data bases in making systematic comparisons of income easier. However, the author stresses that to explain different poverty rates among single older women requires further differentiated assessment of the countries' retirement benefit structures. This article performs such a review. …

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