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Friday, February 24, 2012

How Workers’ Compensation and Other Social Insurance Programs Support Workers in their Path to Reemployment: Reflections from the 24th Annual NASI Conference

Kristine Shields

At NASI’s 24th annual policy research conference, Social Insurance in a Market Economy: Obstacles and Opportunities, Laura Fortman, executive director of the Frances Perkins Center, said that “people are resilient, creative, and want to work.” Many speakers at the NASI conference touched on the importance of creating jobs, and getting people into those jobs, while increasing demand in the economy. The working and not working population drive outcomes for social insurance programs such as workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, and unemployment insurance.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Effective Communication in Financial Planning: What I learned at NASI’s Annual Conference

Justin C. Smith

Financial planning is a young and growing profession that should be in more demand as a result of recent economic turmoil; people need planners to serve as an objective source to guide their financial behaviors. Planners, and clients alike, must be aware of social insurance because these programs affect financial assumptions and projections regardless of socio-economic status. Social Security, in particular, has become a major focal point for planners and clients because the amount of benefits received will determine the amount a client needs to set aside in a savings vehicle (e.g., IRA, mutual fund, money market account, etc.).

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Policy Perspectives with Founding Academy Members: Podcast with Theodore (Ted) Marmor

In the fourth of a series of podcast interviews, National Academy of Social Insurance CEO William Arnone talks with Founding Member Theodore R. Marmor about the early days of the Academy. Marmor is Professor Emeritus of Public Policy and Management & Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Yale School of Management. Listen now.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Social Security at 81: A Wise Program Fit for New Challenges

Elliot Schreur, National Academy of Social Insurance


Sunday, August 14 is the 81st anniversary of our Social Security system.  While few of us were alive to celebrate the system’s first anniversary in 1936, even fewer have living memories of the social problems that gave rise to it. At the time, half of all seniors were living in poverty, individual retirement savings plans like 401(k)s were 40 years away, and depression-era workers were having a hard enough time providing for themselves and their children, let alone supporting their parents and grandparents. What are we to make today of a program that was created in an almost unrecognizable industrial economy?

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Why Does the United States Lack a Comprehensive Social Insurance System?

William J. Arnone, National Academy of Social Insurance

Thoughtful commentary on how we got from there to here

In a recent issue of the Boston Review, Elizabeth Anderson, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, wrote a provocative analysis ("Common Property: How Social Insurance Became Confused with Socialism", 7-25-16) of the origins and evolution of social insurance worldwide and in the United States. Her article includes key points that are critical to an understanding of the positioning of social insurance in our economic and political system, and in our culture. She poses a fundamental question: Why does the U.S. lack a comprehensive, universal social insurance system?

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