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Social Security's Poor Return on Investment

Created on August 4, 2014

Social Security's Poor Return on Investment

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Read the original report, "Social Security Trustees Report: Unfunded Liability Increased $1.1 Trillion and Projected Insolvency in 2033," by Rachel Greszler and Romina Boccia.

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Early recipients of Social Security received more than six dollars in benefits for every dollar paid in Social Security taxes (OASDI). Today and in the future, recipients will receive less than a dollar in benefits for every dollar paid in Social Security taxes.

Source: C. Eugene Steuerle and Caleb Quakenbush, “Social Security and Medicare Taxes and Benefits over a Lifetime: 2012 Update,” Urban Institute, http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412660-Social-Security-and-Medicare-Taxes-and-Benefits-Over-a-Lifetime.pdf (accessed May 20, 2014).

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