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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Most Americans save for retirement through a workplace retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or 403(b). Still, more than one-third of full-time American workers lack access to this kind of plan, and access varies widely depending on a worker’s industry. Read More
Most Americans will rely on a combination of personal savings and employer-sponsored retirement benefits to fund their retirement years. These sources represent two of what are commonly known as the “three legs” of the retirement security stool; Social Security serves as the third. Read More