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Reimagining PensionsThe Next 40 Years$
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Olivia S. Mitchell and Richard C. Shea

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755449

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198755449.001.0001

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Retirement Plans and Prospects for Retirement Income Adequacy

Retirement Plans and Prospects for Retirement Income Adequacy

(p.37) Chapter 3 Retirement Plans and Prospects for Retirement Income Adequacy
Reimagining Pensions

Jack VanDerhei

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This chapter asks whether the Baby Boomer and Gen Xer generations will have enough to retire on. While it is widely accepted that employment-based retirement plans have played a significant role in providing retirement income to American workers, this chapter quantifies the impact that those programs have in the determination of retirement income adequacy. The analysis in this chapter employs the EBRI Retirement Security Projection Model (RSPM) to reveal that one of the most important factors in determining whether Gen Xers would have sufficient retirement resources is eligibility for participation in an employment-based defined contribution (DC) plan.

Keywords:   Baby Boomer, Gen X, retirement, pensions, defined contribution, retirement preparedness

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