Catch-Up Contributions: An Equitable & Affordable Solution to the Retirement Crisis

May 1, 2017

This research was performed pursuant to a grant from the AARP Innovation Challenge.

To address the needs of two overlapping groups – low and moderate wage workers and workers in their 50s with no or inadequate retirement wealth – we propose a program of cost-neutral voluntary (at least initially) Social Security catch-up contributions, into which all workers would be defaulted, starting at age 40 or 50. The program would use the progressivity of the Social Security benefit formula to target low-wage workers and to prevent adverse selection.

Authors: Teresa Ghilarducci, Michael Papadopoulos, Wei Sun, Anthony Webb
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