Articles by Andrew G. Biggs
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. ...
The Baucus Plan’s Phony Deficit Reduction
Thursday, October 22, 2009
- The true effect of Senator Baucus’s healthcare bill will likely be large increases in the deficit, not an $81-billion reduction.
How Different Is Grandma’s Spending?
Saturday, October 17, 2009
- The inflation seniors experience is far more similar to that felt by other Americans than it is different.
Shooting the Messenger: CBO in the Crosshairs
Thursday, June 4, 2009
- The official scorekeeper for health reform legislation in Congress has stated that the overhaul proposed by the administration could increase costs. What to ...
The Straw Men of Social Security
Thursday, May 14, 2009
- Social Security is the largest single spending program of the federal budget. Its costs relative to its tax base will rise by 26 percent over the next two ...
Obama’s Truly Exceptional Budget and Tax Plans
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
- Since at least the Kennedy administration, high economic growth has correlated with lower budget deficits. As projected, the Obama budget would be the ...