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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Findings from a national survey of small and midsize businesses suggest that many employers need to reach a point of stability—in terms of finances and number of workers—before offering retirement benefits. Read More
When crafting their approaches, it is useful for states to understand why some employers offer plans and others do not. In 2016, The Pew Charitable Trusts conducted a survey of owners, top executives, and human resource managers at more than 1,600 private sector, small and midsize businesses nationwide. One focus of the survey was to identify the obstacles to, and motivations for, offering... Read More
More than half of the states have considered or are implementing programs that enroll certain private sector workers in individual retirement accounts funded by automatic payroll deductions—known as auto-IRAs—to help them save for their later years. Read More