Gary Koenig leads a team of economists, attorneys, and policy experts working on economic and consumer security issues at AARP’s Public Policy Institute. The group analyzes and develops policies related to the financial security of the population aged 50 and older. Mr. Koenig and his team are particularly concerned with policies that address the challenges people face as they age, including the adequacy of Social Security benefits and retirement savings, older workforce issues and consumer financial protections.
Mr. Koenig has been working on issues related to retirement security for almost 20 years. He began working in the Public Policy Institute (PPI) in September 2008 as a senior strategic advisor. In that capacity, he served as PPI’s expert on Social Security and retirement savings policy reform. While at PPI, he has authored several papers on Social Security reform, tax policies for retirement savings, and the economic well-being of older Americans.
Prior to joining AARP, Mr. Koenig was an economist for the Joint Committee on Taxation in the U.S. Congress, where he specialized in employer-provided pensions and retirement plans. While at the Joint Committee, he coauthored the first paper evaluating the retirement Saver’s Credit and contributed to numerous reports related to tax reform and retirement savings. He has an MA in economics from Duke University.
In His Words
“Whether we call it a crisis or not, here’s the situation: unless households take steps to shore up their retirement security, and policy makers make it easier for people to take these steps, too many people will have to cut back significantly in retirement.” “Retirement Crisis: Are We There Yet?” AARP Blog, March 23, 2013
- Koenig, G., “Social Security’s Impact on the National Economy,” (Washington, DC, AARP Public Policy Institute, September 2013).
- Koenig, G., “The Elusive Middle in America — What Has Happened to Middle-Class Income?” (Washington, DC, AARP Public Policy Institute, January 2013).
- Koenig, G., Harris, B., Fischer, I., and Johnson, R., “The Case for the Automatic IRA,” (Washington, DC, AARP Public Policy Institute, March 2012).
- Koenig, G. and Waid, M., “Proposed Changes to Social Security’s Cost-of-Living Adjustment,” (Washington, DC, AARP Public Policy Institute, October 2012).