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The Public Policy Institute's Economics Team analyzes and develops policies related to the economy and its impact on financial security, particularly security in retirement.
Click below for reports on major economic security topics. Use the PPI search box on the right for a more precise search.
This Fact Sheet discusses how using the chained CPI would affect Social Security beneficiaries, as well as beneficiaries of other programs such as Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Medicare, veterans’ retirement and disability programs, and poverty-prevention programs. read
The recession and its aftermath have left many Boomers without jobs or savings, and with homes they can neither afford nor sell. Many are uncertain about the future as they move toward retirement. read
New research from economists at the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute shows adopting the Auto IRA would greatly expand retirement savings opportunities for an estimated one-quarter of the US workforce. read
The recent recession has caused high unemployment, loss of income and savings, and lower home values. Four in ten of older Americans surveyed expect a lower standard of living in retirement than that of their parents. An Insight on the Issues report by Sara E. Rix read
This report by Ke Bin Wu finds that older persons with low family income depend heavily on Social Security and shows that earnings have become increasingly more important for the older population. read
This PPI research report by Sandy Mackenzie argues that the eclipse of the traditional pension and the dominance of the 401(k) plan threaten the financial security of older Americans. Alternative instruments like the cash balance plan and two relatively new enhancements to the 401(k) plan can potentially mitigate its shortcomings. read
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