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October 2016Is Uncle Sam Inducing the Elderly to Retire?
with Alan J. Auerbach, Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Manni Yu: w22770
Many, if not most, Baby Boomers appear at risk of suffering a major decline in their living standard in retirement. With federal and state government finances far too encumbered to significantly raise Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits, Boomers must look to their own devices to rescue their retirements, namely working harder and longer. However, the incentive of Boomers to earn more is significantly limited by a plethora of explicit federal and state taxes and implicit taxes arising from the loss of federal and state benefits as one earns more. Of particular concern is Medicaid and Social Security’s complex Earnings Test and clawback of disability benefits. This study measures the work disincentives confronting those age 50 to 79 from the entire array of explicit and implicit...

Published: Is Uncle Sam Inducing the Elderly to Retire?, Alan J. Auerbach, Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Darryl Koehler, Manni Yu. in Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 31, Moffitt. 2017

Is Uncle Sam Inducing the Elderly to Retire?
with Alan J. Auerbach, Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Manni Yu
in Tax Policy and the Economy, Volume 31, Robert A. Moffitt, editor
Many if not most Baby Boomers appear at risk of suffering a major decline in their living standard in retirement. With federal and state government finances far too encumbered to significantly raise Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits, Boomers must look to their own devices to rescue their retirements, namely working harder and longer. However, the incentive of Boomers to earn more is significantly limited by a plethora of explicit federal and state taxes and implicit taxes arising from the loss of federal and state benefits as one earns more. Of particular concern is Medicaid and Social Security’s complex Earnings Test and clawback of disability benefits. This study measures the work disincentives confronting those age 50 to 79 from the entire array of explicit and impli...
February 2016U.S. Inequality, Fiscal Progressivity, and Work Disincentives: An Intragenerational Accounting
with Alan J. Auerbach, Laurence J. Kotlikoff: w22032
This study combines the 2013 Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances data and the Fiscal Analyzer, a highly detailed life-cycle consumption-smoothing program, to a) measure ultimate economic inequality – inequality in lifetime spending power – within cohorts, b) assess fiscal progressivity within cohorts, c) calculate marginal remaining lifetime net tax rates, taking into account all major federal and state tax and transfer policies, d) evaluate the ability of current income to correctly classify households as rich, middle class, and poor, e) determine whether current-year average net tax rates accurately capture actual fiscal progressivity, and f) determine whether current-year marginal tax rates on labor supply accurately capture actual remaining lifetime marginal net tax rates. We...
 
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