John Scott directs the retirement savings project at The Pew Charitable Trusts. 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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This chartbook is the first in a series of publications that will examine the challenges of retirement savings. Read More
As policymakers in more states consider measures to help private sector workers save for retirement, they should take into account the needs and concerns of employers—particularly small and medium-size businesses—as they develop legislation and regulations. Read More
Since 2012, half of the states have introduced legislation to study or establish state-sponsored retirement savingsprograms for workers at private sector or nonprofit employers without plans. This fact sheet, one of a series,summarizes The Pew Charitable Trusts’ analysis of current approaches in the states. Read More