Research Director, Social Security Works
Expertise & Civic Involvements
Veghte's research explores how capitalist democracies can effectively mitigate social inequality. He has published on issues related to Social Security, retirement security, Medicare, health insurance, social insurance, and housing policy. Veghte holds a Ph.D. in European intellectual history from the University of Chicago and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. He taught comparative social policy and comparative politics as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Bremen, Germany, until 2008, and served as a social policy consultant for the European Union. Since then, Veghte worked has worked as a researcher at the National Academy of Social Insurance and as Executive Director of the Scholars Strategy Network. He is a member of National Academy of Social Insurance.
Co-Authored with Nancy J. Altman, Eric Kingson, SSN Basic Facts, July 2012
Co-Authored with Theda Skocpol, SSN Basic Facts, April 2012
"Social Security – Past, Present and Future" in Social Policy and Social Justice, edited by Michael Reisch (Sage, 2014), 309-346. Analyzes key features of the program and how they evolved, the role of Social Security in the economic security of various groups of Americans, the sources of the system's funding challenges, and reform options and their implications.
"Should Social Security’s Cost-of-Living Adjustment be Changed?," (with ), National Academy of Social Insurance, Washington, DC, April, 2011. Studies the consequences of shifting the basis of cost of living adjustment for Social Security to the chained Consumer Price Index – a change proposed by many recent deficit reduction commissions.
"Economic Status of the Aged" (with ), in Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, 7th edition, edited by Robert H. Binstock and Linda K. George (Elsevier, 2010), 175-192. Analyzes why American elders saw sharp gains in their incomes and declines in poverty during the 1960s and 1970s, while subsequent gains have been smaller; shows that U.S. elders are more likely to be poor than elders in other western countries.
"Strengthening Social Security for the Long Run," (with ), National Academy of Social Insurance, Washington, DC, November, 2010. Traces the long-term cuts in benefits flowing from Social Security reforms enacted in 1983, and documents strong public support for maintaining and improving the program.
"Social Policy Preferences, National Defense and Political Polarization in the United States" (with ), in Social Justice, Legitimacy and the Welfare State, edited by Steffen Mau and Benjamin Veghte (Ashgate, 2007), 145-168. Analyzes shifts in public preferences for spending on defense and social programs, and explores how Republicans successfully framed spending issues for the 2004 election.
Social Justice, Legitimacy and the Welfare State (with ) (Ashgate, 2007). Provides an overview of public opinion research on the legitimacy of social benefits and willingness to pay the taxes needed to finance them.
- "House Ways and Means Committee Misleads Hill on Chained CPI," Huffington Post, November 6, 2013.
- Benjamin Veghte's research on why differential between Social Security COLA and chained CPI will be low in 2014 cited in "The House GOP Dials a Wrong Number on the Chained CPI," Los Angeles Times, November 5, 2013.
- "As Budget Conference Begins, 1.5 Percent 2014 Social Security COLA Underscores Need to Address Retirement Security Crisis," Huffington Post, October 30, 2013.
- Benjamin Veghte's research on role of Social Security in federal budget negotiations cited in "Interest Groups Eye 'Grand Bargain' with Alarm," Congressional Quarterly, October 21, 2013.
- "Republicans' Latest Ransom Note: Cut Social Security or the Economy Gets It," Huffington Post, October 14, 2013.
- "5 Reasons Why a Grand Bargain Would be a Grand Betrayal," Huffington Post, October 7, 2013.
- Guest to discuss Social Security Expansion and the Retirement Security Crisis on Al Jazeera America's Inside Story, October 24, 2013.
- "Orszag Underestimates Chained CPI Cut," Huffington Post, May 16, 2013.
- "Chained CPI Cuts Average Social Security Benefits by $15,615 - Even with Bump-Up for Older Retirees," Huffington Post, April 24, 2013.
- Guest to discuss President Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget on Fox 5 (DC) News, April 11, 2013.
- "Don't be Fooled by Misleading Report Calling for Chained CPI," Huffington Post, March 24, 2013.
- Interview on the Condition of Social Security from a Global Perspective, Voice of America, August 24, 2010.
- "Contributions or Taxes? Two Social Security Funding Paradigms," National Academy of Social Insurance, Discuss blog, April 15, 2010.
Talks and Briefings
- "Social Security Reform Options: How Can We Pay for What We Want?," (with Stephen Goss), Demystifying Social Security: Academy for Interns, Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, DC, July 14, 2011.
- "Social Security’s Finances," Latinos and Social Security, LULAC National Conference, Cincinnati, OH, June 30, 2011.
- "Should Social Security’s Cost-of-Living Adjustment be Changed?," Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, DC, June 28, 2011.
- "Social Security: Myths, Realities, and Future," “Latinos and Social Security” Panel, National Council of La Rasa Town Hall, Wilmington, DE, June 26, 2011.