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Panelists to explore myths, realities of Social Security

Author: Arts and Letters


Does Social Security really need to be “fixed?” Should people be allowed to invest some of their own Social Security funds? What happens if people invest unwisely? What are other options?

These and other questions will be the focus of a panel discussion on the realities behind the Social Security controversy at 3p.m. Dec. 9 (Friday) in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

“The Social Security Puzzle: Dispelling Myths, Discussing Solutions,” part of the Castellini Lecture Series in Economic Policy, will objectively examine the government’s economic assistance program, analyze common misconceptions and seek practical solutions.

Sponsored by the Department of Economics and Econometrics and the Seng Foundation, the conference is free and open to the public. Featured speakers are:

  • Thomas Saving, trustee for the National Social Security Fund and Distinguished Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University
  • Peter Diamond, Institute Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of several books on retirement, and past president of the American Economic Association
  • Laurence J. Kotlikoff, professor of economics at Boston University, former senior economist on President Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisors, research associate for the National Bureau of Economics Research, and president of Economic Security Planning, Inc.

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Originally published by Susan Guibert at on November 28, 2005.