Working Toward Retirement Security: 

Policies to Help Extend the Working Life of Older Americans

A public forum sponsored by the Social Security Advisory Board and the University of Illinois Center for Business and Public Policy January 18, 2008, Washington D.C.


 Forum Presentations:

1. Removing Barriers to and Providing Incentives for Longer Work Lives 

Alicia Munnell

Drucker Professor of Management Sciences and Director of the Center for Retirement Research

Boston College

“Changing Employment Incentives and Claiming Behavior”  slides   paper


John Shoven

Schwab Professor of Economics and Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Stanford University  

“Removing the Disincentives of Long Careers in Social Security and Medicare"  slides   paper


Eugene Steuerle

Senior Fellow

Urban Institute

“Improving Financial Security Through Longer Working Lives”   slides


 2. International, Federal, and State Perspectives

Keith Brainard

Research Director

National Association of State Retirement Administrators

"The State and Local Government Retirement Model"   paper


Thomas Dowd

Administrator, Office of Policy Development and Research, Employment and Training Administration

U.S. Department of Labor


John Martin

Director, Employment, Labor and Social Affairs, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

"Some Suggestions for Reforms Based on OECD Countries' Experiences"   paper


 3. Employer and Employee Perspectives 

Cynthia Donohoe

Vice President, Benefits

BAE Systems, Inc.   



Kevin Mahoney

Associate Director, Human Capital Leadership and Merit System Accountability Division

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

“Attracting Talent- A 21st Century Approach”   slides


Gerald Shea

Assistant to the President for Governmental Affairs


“In America, A Long Lifetime of Work Can be Rewarding, and Pay Off in Retirement”   slides


Keynote Speaker:

Edward P. Lazear


Council of Economic Advisers

"The Size of the Federal Government"  slides