John Scott

John Scott

  • Director
  • Retirement Savings,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


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.

Recent Work

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  • Retirement Plans: Part of a Better Financial Future in Pennsylvania

    Retirement income from a variety of sources—including Social Security, personal savings, and employer-sponsored savings plans—ensures a sound financial future. But for many Americans, a part of this puzzle is missing. More than a third of all private sector workers lack access to a workplace plan—and 31 percent of those whose employers do offer retirement benefits don’t... Read More

  • Workplace Retirement Plans Tend to Sharpen Focus on Financial Futures

    For many, retirement security in the United States is uncertain. Experts recommend that Americans havemultiple sources of retirement income—including Social Security, personal savings, and employer-sponsoredsavings plans—to ensure financial health after their working years. However, more than one-third of all privatesector workers lack access to a workplace plan. Moreover, 31 percent of those... Read More

  • States Considering Measures to Boost Private Sector Retirement Savings

    Most Americans save for retirement through employer-provided plans, but over 30 million private sector workers lack access to a plan through their jobs. The availability of savings opportunities varies significantly by state. Since legislative efforts began in earnest in 2012, 80 percent of states have considered—or are considering—legislation to address gaps in access. Eight—California,... Read More

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