Are U.S. Workers Ready for Retirement? Trends in Plan Sponsorship, Participation, and Preparedness
Teresa Ghilarducci (),
Joelle Saad-Lessler and
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No 2015-01, SCEPA publication series. from Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), The New School
Employer-sponsored retirement plans provide the best vehicle for retirement savings because they provide a practical and efficient way for workers to save consistently. However, this report finds that almost half of Americans who were working in 2011 were not offered a retirement account at work. In addition, 68% of the U.S. working age population (25-64) did not participate in an employer-sponsored retirement plan because their employer did not offer one, they elected not to participate or were not working. This report also finds the amounts saved through employer-sponsored defined contribution (DC) retirement plans are only slightly better off than those without a retirement plan. Except for those workers with defined benefit (DB) plans, most middle class U.S. workers will not have adequate retirement income. The poverty projections highlighted in this report reveal that 33% of future retirees will be either poor or near-poor when they retire. Additionally, 55% of retirees will be forced to rely solely on their Social Security income. A previous version of this report was published in the Journal of Pension Benefits.
Keywords: Retirement; 401(k); Pensions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 H55 J26 J32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42 pages
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