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The origins of the ownership society : how the defined contribution paradigm changed America

Author: Edward A Zelinsky
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford Univ. Press, 2009.
Series: Oxford Scholarship Online
Edition/Format:   Computer file : EnglishView all editions and formats
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President Bush's vision of an ownership societyʺ continues the process of the last three decades by which the defined contribution paradigm has become the primary framework for retirement savings and, more broadly, a fundamental tenet of tax and social policy. In a defined contribution society, the policies more likely to be adopted are those which channel government subsidies for retirement, health care, and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Edward A Zelinsky
ISBN: 9780195339352 0195339355
OCLC Number: 611764848
Notes: Gesehen am 12.02.2009.
Digitalisat der Druckausg. Oxford, 2008.
Description: Online-Ressource.
Series Title: Oxford Scholarship Online
Responsibility: Zelinsky, Edward A.

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President Bush's vision of an ownership societyʺ continues the process of the last three decades by which the defined contribution paradigm has become the primary framework for retirement savings and, more broadly, a fundamental tenet of tax and social policy. In a defined contribution society, the policies more likely to be adopted are those which channel government subsidies for retirement, health care, and educational savings through individual accounts controlled by the taxpayer himself. In contrast, defined benefit arrangementsas exemplified by the traditional pension plan and the federal Social Security systemare less likely to be proposed, adopted or expanded. Individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and 401(k) arrangements are today central features of American life. The growth of cash balance pensions and their cousinsnew comparability plansis best understood as reflecting the prevailing defined contribution ethos. Equally striking is the extent to which the defined contribution format has, in the last several years, reconfigured many state retirement programs. Moreover, individual accounts have spread beyond the realm of retirement savings to other arenas of social and tax policy. Section 529 accounts are today the predominant instrument by which Americans save for college. We are now in the early stages of a comparable transformation of medical coveragethe flexible spending account (FSA), the health reimbursement arrangement (HRA), and the health savings account (HSA) emerging as important devices for financing routine medical care.

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A useful and readable summary of the legal developments on the path to the expansion of the defined contribution paradigm in private sector retirement benefits in the United States. * Tom Baker, Read more...

 
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