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. He is a member of National Academy of Social Insurance.
Provides an overview of public opinion research on the legitimacy of social benefits and willingness to pay the taxes needed to finance them.
Analyzes shifts in public preferences for spending on defense and social programs, and explores how Republicans successfully framed spending issues for the 2004 election.
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.
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.
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.
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.