Retirement Security in the Great Recession
Few events have posed as many challenges for retirement and retirement policy as the crisis of the late 2000s. At the end of the last decade, the United States experienced the Great Recession—a combination of unprecedented wealth losses and historically high unemployment increases that marked the longest economic recession since the Great Depression. These adverse economic shocks coincided with the burgeoning entry into retirement by the baby boomer generation, those born in the United States between 1946 and 1964. The confluence of these trends meant that retirees may have faced greater economic insecurity than at any point since World War II.
This book brings together a number of influential researchers whose work is focused on economic policies and their impacts on retirement income security. They come from both academic and policy backgrounds. Specifically, half of the eight contributors are academics, while the other four come from think tanks in Washington, DC. This book is thus intended to combine research and policy.
This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of Aging and Social Policy.
1. Introduction Christian E. Weller. Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, USA, and Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC
2. Prelude to a RIF: Older Workers, Part-Time Hours and Unemployment Jeremy Reynolds. Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA; Jeffrey B. Wenger. Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
3. The Impact of the Housing Crash on the Wealth of the Baby Boom CohortsDavid Rosnick. Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, DC; Dean Baker. Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, DC
4. What Will Happen to Retirement Income for 401(k) Participants After the Market Decline? Jack VanDerhei. Research Director, Employee Benefit Research Institute, Washington, DC
5. Did Retirees Save Enough to Compensate for the Increase in Individual Risk Exposure? Christian E. Weller. Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, USA, and Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC
6. Early Retiree and Near-Elderly Health Insurance in Recession Elise Gould. Director, Health Policy Research, Economic Policy Institute, Washington, DC; Alexander Hertel-Fernandez. Research Assistant, Economic Policy Institute, Washington, DC
7. The (Interconnected) Reasons that Elder Americans File Consumer Bankruptcy Deborah Thorne. Associate Professor of Sociology, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
8. Reforming Retirement: Values and Self-Interest Drive Support for Policy Reform in Opposite Directions David Madland. Director, American Worker Project, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC
9. How to Supplement Social Security Fairly and Effectively Teresa Ghilarducci. Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of Economic Policy Analysis, Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research