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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Workplace savings plans have long been key elements of funding post-retirement life, along with Social Security and other personal savings. But more than a quarter of American workers whose employers sponsor a retirement plan do not participate. These workers cite a variety of reasons, including concerns about affordability or eligibility. That means many employees may not have the resources they... Read More
At a time when many Americans struggle to set aside enough money for retirement, government policymakers and employers are increasingly considering programs to help them save, known as pro-savings tools. And recent surveys by The Pew Charitable Trusts show that workers at small to midsize businesses—both those that have workplace retirement plans and those that don’t—generally... Read More
An estimated 1 million workers in Oregon do not have a retirement plan at their job, and many others do not have adequate retirement savings. Oregon is responding to these challenges with a significant effort to address retirement insecurity: a program called OregonSaves, designed to provide every working Oregonian access to a private retirement account. Read More