Families can achieve a more secure retirement by working longer. Spending more years in the workforce provides additional time to save for retirement, allows workers to boost their Social Security checks through delayed claiming, and fosters social and intellectual stimulation that some lose after retirement. In order to work longer, however, older workers must have access to good employment opportunities, either by keeping their existing jobs or by moving to a new job—a task that has becoming increasingly difficult in the wake of the pandemic and attendant labor market downturn.
In this webinar, leading labor experts discuss challenges to work at older ages—including discrimination, access to training, and locating a suitable job—while also proposing promising policy reforms. The webinar is divided into two panels. The first panel, moderated by Brookings Senior Fellow Martin Baily, features former Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris and University of California, Irvine Economics Professor David Neumark. The second panel, moderated by Kellogg School of Management Professor Ben Harris, features Upjohn Institute Research Director Susan Houseman and Harvard University Research Associate Beth Truesdale.
Download the four papers here:
- “Policies to improve workforce services for older Americans” by Katherine Abraham and Susan Houseman
- “Increasing employment for older workers with effective protections against employment discrimination” by Seth Harris
- “Strengthen age discrimination protections to help confront the challenge of population aging” by David Neumark
- “Better jobs, longer working lives: Proposals to improve the low-wage labor market for older workers” by Beth Truesdale
Visiting Professor - Cornell Institute for Public Affairs
former acting Secretary of Labor
Distinguished Professor of Economics - University of California, Irvine
Director - Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute
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