Pension Projection Models
First, read the Getting Started with the PSG Models document.
Second, be sure you are acquainted with the several modes of PSG model operation.
Third, download all three of the PSG models from the download page and test their installation by passing the benchmark tests described there. Then register your copy of SSASIM, and optionally, your copy of GEMINI.
Fourth, start the PSG models RSF Toolkit by clicking on the red Tk
icon. Click on the Build button to construct a simple CBA mode
run specification file (rsf) that raises the OASI payroll tax
rate by half a percentage point in some future year (see page 2
of the Getting Started with the RSF Toolkit document for a
similar example). Execute the run by pressing the Crtl-G key.
See the OASDI actuarial balance statistic in column 27 under the
heading pabalc in the SSASIM .ssa output file by using the
... SSASIM output ... item on the Analyze menu (full
documentation of all output file contents is available from the
Toolkit's RSF menu).
Extend your first analysis session by copying this tax reform
rsf (use SaveAs button and a different rsf name and a different
RUN.id number), comment out the statements that implement the
payroll tax rate increase (so that the new rsf has no reform
provisions, and therefore, defines the current-law or
scheduled-benefits policy regime), execute the run, and compare
the actuarial balance in the two runs using the
SSASIM output across runs item on the Analyze menu.
Please email the Policy Simulation Group to report any problems getting started with the PSG models.