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David C. John

Senior Strategic Policy Advisor

David C. John

David C. John is a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute focusing on pension and retirement savings issues.  John also serves as a Deputy Director of the Retirement Security Project at the Brookings Institution.  RSP focuses on improving retirement savings in the United States, especially among moderate and low income workers.  Prior to joining AARP, John was a Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and also has extensive public policy experience working for a money center bank, a law firm, a credit union trade association and four members of the House of Representatives.

John has written and spoken extensively on the importance of reforming the nation’s retirement programs. He is the co-author along with J. Mark Iwry of the Automatic IRA, a small business retirement savings program for firms that do not sponsor any other form of retirement savings or pension plan.  John is a co-editor of the 2009 book, Automatic: Changing the Way that America Saves.  He has been published and quoted extensively in the press, and has also appeared on a number of major television channels and national and syndicated radio shows.

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Retirement savings, pensions, annuities, international pension and retirement savings systems, PBGC

Selected publications

New Ways to Promote Retirement Saving by: William G. Gale, David C. John, and Spencer Smith, Retirement

National Retirement Savings Systems in Australia, Chile, New Zealand and the United Kingdom: Lessons for the United States by: David C. John and Ruth Levine

Pursuing Universal Retirement Security Through Automatic IRAs by: J. Mark. Iwry and David C. John

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