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Is Pension Coverage A Problem In The Private Sector?


  • Alicia H. Munnell
  • Dina Bleckman


The brief’s key findings are: Commentators question whether pension coverage is a serious problem, indicating that 80 percent have access to a plan. But this number refers to access – not participation – and to full-time workers in both the public and private sectors. A review of four household surveys and one employer survey finds that only about half of all private workers (age 25-64) are participating in a plan. So, yes, coverage remains a serious problem.

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  • Alicia H. Munnell & Dina Bleckman, 2014. "Is Pension Coverage A Problem In The Private Sector?," Issues in Brief ib2014-7, Center for Retirement Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:crr:issbrf:ib2014-7

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    1. George L. Perry, 1970. "Changing Labor Markets and Inflation," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 1(3), pages 411-448.
    2. Lawrence H. Summers, 1986. "Why is the Unemployment Rate So Very High near Full Employment," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 17(2), pages 339-396.
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