August 15, 2001 | WebMemo on Social Security
A low-income single African American man who is 28 today will have an additional $19,000 at retirement (in inflation-adjusted 2001 dollars), which he could use to buy an annuity that would increase his retirement income by over $150 per month. This represents a full 15 percent increase in his retirement income under current law Social Security.
A 33 year old Hispanic couple earning a combined $37,000 this year could leave a substantial sum to their children through their Personal Retirement Account. If PRA reforms were enacted now, they could leave over $225,000 to their family when they die (which equals nearly $47,000 in inflation-adjusted 2001 dollars).
Finally, two 33 year old middle class teachers could send their grandchildren to an Ivy League college with their PRA funds when they die. They will amass over half a million dollars (or over $110,000 in today's dollars).