April 29, 2005

    A policy seminar on Friday, April 29, 2005

    Many nations, including the United States, are dealing with aging societies, where a growing proportion of the population will be drawing public retirement pensions in coming years. Individual accounts have been introduced in some countries to supplement or replace the traditional pension offered by the government. What do we know about the success or failure of these foreign programs, and how can that knowledge be applied successfully to the current debate in the United States about the future of Social Security?

    You are invited to join the National Academy of Social Insurance for a briefing that examines these questions on April 29, 2005, at the Washington Court Hotel Ballroom (525 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC) near Union Station, from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. A complimentary breakfast will be served at 8:30 AM.

    Comparing the U.S. and European Social Security Systems
    R. Kent Weaver, Georgetown University

    Women and Individual Social Security Accounts in Three Countries: Chile, Australia and the UK
    Sophie Korczyk, Consultant

    Experience with Voluntary Accounts in the UK
    John Turner, Public Policy Institute, AARP

    Putting Foreign Experience in Context.
    Jonathan WeismanThe Washington Post

    Moderator: Bob Rosenblatt, former reporter, Los Angeles Times

    R. Kent Weaver is a Professor of Public Policy and Government at Georgetown University. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Governance Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of Ending Welfare As We Know It (Brookings, 2000), Automatic Government: The Politics of Indexation (Brookings, 1998), and the forthcoming Reforming Social Security: Lessons from Abroad. A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1999, he received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

    Sophie Korczyk is Principal of Analytical Services, a financial consulting firm specializing in economic, statistical, and legislative analysis of employee compensation, pensions, health and related workplace issues and the government budget policies in the US and overseas. Ms. Korczyk is the author of several publications, including The Complete HSA Guidebook (with H. Witte and S. Neeleman), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Managed Health Care, and 2000 Executive Compensation Deskbook: Resources and Trends (both with H. Witte). A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 1996, she received her Ph.D. in economics from Washington University-St. Louis.

    John Turner is Senior Policy Advisor in the Public Policy Institute of AARP. Prior to this, Mr. Turner held various positions at the U.S. Department of Labor, including Senior Economist in the Office of Policy and Research of the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, Senior Economist in the Chief Economist’s Office in the Office of the Secretary, and Deputy Director of the Office of Research and Economic Analysis. He has also served as Social Security Advisor in the Social Security Department of the International Labor Office, Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Graduate Program in Public Policy at the George Washington University, and Fulbright Senior Scholar at the Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales. He has published widely in the areas of pension and social security policy. A member of the National Academy of Social Insurance since 2002, Mr. Turner received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

    Jonathan Weisman covers economic policy issues, from budgeting to taxation to Social Security and Medicare, for The Washington Post. His reporting career has included coverage of the Clinton White House, the 2000 presidential campaign and major congressional issues for The Baltimore Sun, as well as more detailed tax, energy and transportation coverage for Congressional Quarterly. For five years, he wrote about science, energy and nuclear weapons issues for The Oakland Tribune in California. Prior to his arrival at The Post in July, he was at USA Today, where he covered economic policy, then defense issues after Sept. 11. He served in the Peace Corps, in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, and the Philippines after graduating in 1988 from Northwestern University, where he majored in journalism and history. He and his wife, Susan Lund, have two daughters, Hannah and Alissa.