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Social Security Reform: Exploring the Generational and Racial Divide

Advances in Taxation

ISBN: 978-0-76231-376-1, eISBN: 978-1-84950-464-5

ISSN: 1058-7497

Publication date: 13 November 2006


Increased life expectancies and decreased birthrates have placed enormous financial pressure on the Social Security system. Because significant reforms are needed to ensure its financial solvency, our study examines the acceptability of proposals to reform the system. Given the potentially divergent views suggested by prior research, we selected participants from the following four groups (1) younger black taxpayers, (2) younger white taxpayers, (3) older black taxpayers, and (4) older white taxpayers. While there was agreement among the groups on several of the proposals, in general, the differences between the generations were more pronounced than the differences between the racial groups.


Jackson, C.M., Maroney, J.J. and Rupert, T.J. (2006), "Social Security Reform: Exploring the Generational and Racial Divide", Luttman, S. (Ed.) Advances in Taxation (Advances in Taxation, Vol. 17), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 65-94.



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