January 28, 2015

The interest group sessions are designed to gather members & nonmembers around the major communities of interest within NASI’s purview – primarily income and retirement security and health policy. While the specific topics within those areas will vary from year to year, we hope the interest groups will become free-standing groups that provide regular and more frequent opportunities for people who share policy interests to come together for the purpose of learning about developments in the field. They are each scheduled from 9 am -12 pm noon — 3 hours before the Member Luncheon.

Income security in retirement is a global concern. This session will explore retirement income security in two panels. The first explores challenges in the United States and options to enhance retirement security. The second broadens the scope to examine retirement security in the United States compared to other OECD countries as well as pension reforms in various parts of the world, and implications for future retirement income policy worldwide.

Panel 1: Two Views on Strengthening U.S. Retirement Security

  • Andrew Eschtruth, Associate Director for External Relations, Center for Retirement Research at Boston College: co-author of Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About it (published December 2014)
  • Nancy Altman, Co-Director, Social Security Works; Eric Kingson, Co-Director, Social Security Works: co-authors of Social Security Works! Why It Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All
  • Moderator: Kilolo Kijakazi, Institute Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Discussants: Sarah Holden, Senior Director of Retirement and Investor Research, Investment Company Institute; Stephen Gorin, Professor of Social Work, Plymouth State University

Panel 2: Insights from Abroad

  • Elaine Fultz, Social Security Department, International Labour Organization (retired): How Does the U.S. Measure Up with Other OECD Countries?
  • Anita Schwarz, Lead Economist, Social Protection and Labor Practice, World Bank: The Inverting Pyramid: Providing Old Age Security in a Challenging Demographic Environment
  • Moderator: Larry Thompson, Former Social Security Executive and International Pension Consultant
  • Discussants: Carmelo Mesa-Lago, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh; Emily Andrews, Development Economist, Consultant