By: Virginia P. Reno

Published: November, 2007

Summary: The United States needs a new conversation about how Social Security is part of the solution to the growing economic risks American workers face. The key question for policy makers is: How can we build on the strengths of Social Security—its fiscally responsible design, its universality, progressivity, efficiency, and its effectiveness–to meet the needs of working families in the 21st century? This briefing paper explores these questions in detail.

This briefing paper was prepared for the Economic Policy Institute as part of its Agenda for Shared Prosperity policy initiative. The paper was released on Tuesday, November 20, 2007 along with briefing papers by two other NASI members.

For audio or video of the event and presentations visit EPI’s website.

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