Skip to content

The Impact of Social Security Reform on Low-Income and Older Women

"Social Security is vitally important to American women, keeping millions out of poverty in old age each year. Yet many analysts have raised concerns that it does not do enough for some needy older women...[and] argue that the system should be reformed to increase women's economic security in retirement, while treating women with different family arrangements more equitably."

— from the Executive Summary to the AARP Public Policy Institute Issue Paper by Melissa M. Favreault and Frank J. Sammartino of The Urban Institute, who use DYNASIM3, a dynamic microsimulation model, to compare how proposed reforms to the Social Security system might affect American women's economic well-being. (59 pages)