Kingson’s scholarship examines the politics, economics and value choices related to population aging; Social Security politics and policy; generational justice and equity; the diversity of the baby boom cohorts; and the distributional effects of changes in retirement age. He is a founding board member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), a past chair of the Social Research, Policy and Practice section of the Gerontological Society of America, and a member of the board of the National Committee for the Preservation Social Security and Medicare Foundation. Kingson served as policy advisor to two presidential commissions – the 1982-3 National Commission on Social Security Reform and the 1994 Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform. An active volunteer on the Obama Campaign’s Retirement Security Policy Advisory Committee beginning in July 2007, he later served on the advisory committee to the Social Security Administration’s transition team. He directed the Emerging Issues in Aging Program of the Gerontological Society of America (1984-5).
Calls for the expansion of the Social Security system and offers an antidote to the three-decade-long, billionaire-funded campaign to make Americans believe that this institution is destined to collapse. Argues that Social Security is a powerful program that can help stop the collapse of the middle class, lessen the pressure squeezing families from all directions, and help end the upward redistribution of wealth that has resulted in perilous levels of inequality.
Discusses the historical and political forces shaping the contemporary debate about proposals to increase the ages of eligibility for full Social Security retirement benefits. While changes in the Social Security retirement ages have taken place in 1956, 1961 and 1983, the political and ideological forces surrounding today’s discussion are fundamentally different, and the proposed retirement age changes under consideration today are potentially more deleterious than enacted in 1983.