Agenda for Shared Prosperity

Retirement Security

An Agenda for Shared Prosperity forum

Tuesday, November 20, 2007
9 - 11:30 AM
EPI, 1333 H Street, NW; East Tower, Suite 300, Washington, DC

Audio video, and a full transcript from this event are now available

As late baby boomers face the prospect of being the first generation in modern U.S. history with less retirement security than their parents, and presidential candidates trade barbs over Social Security, the Economic Policy Institute will sponsor a timely forum on retirement.

Please join us for a lively two-part discussion on Retirement Security.  Teresa Ghilarducci will unveil and discuss her Guaranteed Retirement Accounts plan which combines the best features of traditional defined benefit pensions and 401(k)-style defined contribution plans—including steady contributions, low administrative costs, and portable retirement benefits guaranteed to last a lifetime. David Walker will offer comments, followed by audience discussion. Next, panelists Nancy Altman and Virginia Reno will present and discuss their papers on preserving and expanding Social Security.  (Read reports.)

Registration & Breakfast
9:00-9:30 AM

Presentations & Discussion
9:30-11:30 AM


Teresa Ghilarducci
After 25 years as a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame, Ghilarducci will be the Schwartz Chair in Economic Policy Analysis at the New School for Social Research in January 2008. She is also the 2007 and 2008 Wurf Fellowship holder at the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School. 

David Walker
Comptroller General and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office since 1998. He served as a Public Trustee for Social Security and Medicare from 1990 to 1995 and was Assistant Secretary of Labor for Pension and Welfare Benefit Programs from 1987 to 1989.

Nancy Altman
Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pension Rights Center and author of The Battle for Social Security: From FDR's Vision to Bush's Gamble, offers a plan for closing the Social Security funding gap.

Virginia Reno
Vice President for Income Security at the National Academy of Social Insurance, presents options for expanding Social Security benefits.

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