The vast majority of Americans lacked enough retirement savings even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, some older Americans are leaving the workforce and others have stopped contributing to retirement accounts because they can’t afford to. Just half of workers participated in a retirement plan at work in the first place, partly because employers are not required to offer 401(k)s or other retirement plans. So, where did these plans come from? And, are they actually helping people save? On today’s show, New School labor economist Teresa Ghilarducci walks us through the 40-year decline of retirement in this country, the incentive structures setting up Americans for failure and why there’s some reason for hope in the new presidential administration.
Here’s everything we talked about today:
“The 401(k) is forty and fabulous” from Quartz
“Few people are tapping 401(k)s, even without withdrawal penalties” from Marketplace
“Nasdaq pushes diversity requirements for company boards” from the Washington Post
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