John Scott directs Pew's retirement savings project. The project conducts original research and works with experts and policymakers to understand what barriers to retirement savings exist in the United States; how specific policy initiatives might increase retirement savings; and whether strengthening the disclosure of fees can help employers and employees make better decisions about retirement plans.
Before joining Pew, Scott taught and conducted research on public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on issues related to aging, tax policy, and the policymaking process. He continues to hold a research associate professorship in UNC’s Department of Public Policy. Scott also has extensive experience in retirement policy, having worked in advocacy on retirement and compensation issues in Washington. He began his career as a tax attorney and consultant in the financial services industry with a focus on pension plan design and legal compliance.
Scott holds a doctorate in sociology from Cornell University, a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Maryland, a law degree from the Pennsylvania State University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College.
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On March 12, Pennsylvania State Treasurer Joe Torsella and experts from Philadelphia-based Econsult Solutions joined The Pew Charitable Trusts in a discussion about a new report quantifying the fiscal and economic costs of insufficient retirement savings. The repercussions of this savings deficit affect every state and include increased public assistance costs, reduced tax revenue, decreased... Read More
As the focus of the private sector retirement system has shifted in recent decades from traditional pensionsto defined contribution plans, worker savings have played an increasingly critical role in ensuring retirementsecurity. And that means workers must consider how best to use their investments. Retiring workers may be ableto use their retirement savings, among other options, to delay the... Read More
As Oregon launches a program to help private sector workers who lack workplace retirement plans to save for their futures, the rates of eligible employees taking part—those who do not choose to opt out—suggest a promising beginning. Read More