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This paper supports the need to focus not only on ensuring Social Security’s solvency for future generations, but building the program’s ability to support all working Americans.

Workers across the country face a retirement crisis. However, workers in Philadelphia are faring worse than average.

This paper entertains two distinct hypotheses about the meaning and effect of the Lucas critique.

Economic shocks, such as job-loss, have particularly adverse effects on retirement savings of workers in low-income households, exacerbating retirement savings inequality.

Inadequate wealth accumulations reflect well-known design flaws in the 401(k) system.

Financial necessity is an important reason low-wage households are more likely to make pre-retirement withdrawals from their 401(k) plans.

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SCEPA works to focus the public economics debate on the role government can and should play in the real productive economy - that of business, management, and labor - to raise living standards, create economic security, and attain full employment.