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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Many Americans are not saving enough for retirement, and potential overreliance on federal programs—such as Social Security and Medicare—to ease income insecurity among aging populations is likely to strain government budgets. Half of retired Americans receive $1,366 or less in monthly Social Security retirement benefits, which means that real retirement security typically requires... Read More
The ease with which private sector workers can routinely put aside earnings for their retirement has made the workplace an effective place to accumulate money for the post-work years. Still, only about half (52 percent) of businesses with fewer than 100 employees offered retirement plans in 2012, leaving millions of American workers with no opportunity to save on the job. Boosting that... Read More
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