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Articles by Andrew G. Biggs

Can Social Security Privatization Guarantee You More Benefits at a Lower Cost? Tuesday, September 30, 2014
No, but the CBPP’s stance on budget accounting says it can.
Are Rising Health Care Costs Creating a Retirement Crisis? Saturday, July 26, 2014
Progressives are proposing expensive expansions of Social Security, but the retirement crisis is overblown.
Job Security for Poor Performers Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Job security for public employees comes at a cost to government and the public. Firing the poorest-performing teachers may be the biggest free lunch available ...
The Looting of Detroit’s Pensions Sunday, February 16, 2014
Giving elected officials the power to change the ways that public employees earn future benefits may make the difference in avoiding further Detroits.
Crony Capitalism vs. Public Pensions Saturday, February 1, 2014
A new union-sponsored study lowballs today’s pension costs by around two-thirds and overstates the net costs of corporate welfare.
Why Expanding Social Security Is a Bad Idea Tuesday, April 16, 2013
A New America Foundation proposal would cost 3.7 percent of GDP and crowd out the private saving that drives our economy.
Teachers and the License Raj Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Requiring prospective teachers to take a rigorous ‘bar exam,’ as union chief Randi Weingarten proposes, is the wrong way to recruit and assess teachers.
Public-Sector Pensions: The Transition Costs Myth Monday, May 21, 2012
Public-sector employees and the pension industrial complex are using deceptive and self-serving arguments despite having an obligation to provide the public ...
Liberals or Conservatives: Who’s Really Close-Minded? Thursday, April 12, 2012
Conservatives understand their ideological opposite numbers far better than do liberals.
Public Pension ‘Air Time’ Is an Absurdly Generous Perk Friday, January 13, 2012
Why do public employees get a generous deal that is available pretty much nowhere else and to no one else?
How Many Hours do Public School Teachers Really Work? Thursday, December 8, 2011
Do teachers work dramatically longer hours than other white collar professionals? No.
Cadillac Pay in the Land of Lincoln Friday, November 4, 2011
Illinois public employees likely receive a significant pay premium over similar private sector workers.
How Much Does the Federal Government Really Spend? Thursday, September 29, 2011
Much, much more than you think.
From Ponzi to Perry: The Truth about Social Security Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Let us count the ways in which Social Security is and is not like a Ponzi scheme.
The Obama Administration's Lone Star Mistake Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Education Secretary Arne Duncan has trashed Texas schools, but Texas gets great bang for the buck.
Means and Extremes: How Not to Balance the Budget Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Should we impose a means test on Social Security and Medicare benefits? No.
Public Pensions Roll the Dice Thursday, June 23, 2011
How have public-sector pensions responded to the financial crisis? By doubling down, thus jeopardizing taxpayers.
Senior Moment: Reduce COLAs and the Social Security Deficit Thursday, May 19, 2011
Reducing Cost of Living Adjustments by basing them on a more accurate measure of inflation would alleviate the long-term Social Security deficit.
Is Social Security Middle-Class Welfare? Thursday, March 10, 2011
It once was, but isn’t anymore, and therein lies an important tale.
The Protected Class? Friday, November 19, 2010
Every worker will be asked to make sacrifices as governments put their fiscal houses in order. Private-sector workers should be confident they are treated the ...
Why Does Government Grow and Grow and Grow? Thursday, September 16, 2010
If Americans prefer smaller government, why does it continue to grow?
America the Progressive Saturday, September 11, 2010
The U.S. Social Security program is already among the most progressive in the world. Both liberal and conservative reformers would make it more so.
New Blood for Social Security Friday, July 23, 2010
Should public-sector pensions shift their workers to Social Security?
No Garden-Variety Public Pension Crisis Saturday, July 10, 2010
Public-sector pensions in New Jersey and other states completely ignore the dangers to taxpayers of investing in increasingly risky assets.
Tax to the Max? Friday, July 2, 2010
Should we lift the payroll-tax ceiling to fix Social Security?
Should We Raise Taxes on the Middle Class? We Already Are Friday, June 25, 2010
Taxes are already rising to record levels, with or without legislative changes.
Are Government Workers Underpaid? No Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Once all promised benefits are included, government employees at all levels—local, state, and federal—receive significantly greater total compensation than ...
Spending, Not Tax Cuts, Is the Real Driver of the Fiscal Mess Friday, April 16, 2010
It’s hard to argue that our looming budget problems derive from ‘too little taxes’ when by any historical standard taxes will rise to record levels even before ...
Why Immigration Can’t Save Social Security Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The logic of saving Social Security through immigration, which makes sense at first glance, falls apart when you inspect the details.
Obama Budget Rigs Healthcare Numbers Friday, February 5, 2010
For the first time by any administration in memory, the Obama budget forecast rejects the Medicare Trustees’ projections for long-run healthcare cost growth. ...