Urban InstituteRetirement Policy Center

Our cross-cutting team of researchers examines the ways the aging of America will trigger changes in how we work, retire, and spend federal resources, from social security reform to retirement savings, working longer, and staying engaged.



What Every Worker Needs to Know About Social Security

Social Security should be reformed to shift resources from younger to older beneficiaries and distribute benefits more fairly to single household heads and two-earner couples, Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher chair Eugene Steuerle told Congress last week. Read More

Illinois’ State Pension Fails Public School Teachers

The debate over reforming Illinois’ struggling pension plan for public school teachers has focused on the system’s serious financial problems. Yet, most teachers receive few benefits from the existing plan, a shortcoming that deserves more attention. Read More



Research Spotlight

Explore our interactive state and local pension report card that grades plans on benefit design and financing.


Key Questions about Retirement

How is retirement changing, how can workers prepare, and how can policymakers improve retirement security?


In the News

Increasingly, Americans Can’t Afford to Retire (KQED)
August 1, 2014

There are a lot more 50-somethings working 3 jobs (Harrisburg Patriot-News)
July 31, 2014



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