Mar 27

Past Event

Pensions, Social Security and the Privatization of Risk

Event Materials


Thirty years of policies favoring private industry and the privatization of shared risks have rewritten the economic rules of the road for all Americans and complicated the task of planning for retirement. On March 27, the Brookings Institution and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) hosted a forum exploring the effects of privatization on pension security and the ability of Americans to plan for old age.

The event marked the release of Pensions, Social Security, and the Privatization of Risk, the third volume in the Privatization of Risk book series (SSRC and Columbia University Press, 2009). Jeff Madrick, director of Policy Research at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at the New School for Social Research, moderated a panel discussion with Mitchell Orenstein of Johns Hopkins University, Gary Burtless of the Brookings Institution, Teresa Ghilarducci of the New School for Social Research, and Dallas Salisbury, president and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

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Gary Burtless and Teresa Ghilarducci. Jeff Madrick giving opening remarks.

Event Agenda

  • Moderator

    • Jeff Madrick

      Director of Policy Research, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis

      The New School for Social Research

  • Panelists

    • Gary Burtless

      Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

      The John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair

    • Mitchell Orenstein

      S. Richard Hirsch Associate Professor of European Studies

      Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

    • Teresa Ghilarducci

      Irene and Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of Economic Policy Analysis

      The New School for Social Research

    • Dallas Salisbury

      President and CEO, Employee Benefit Research Institute


March 27, 2009

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Saul/Zilkha Rooms

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


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