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Building Wealth through Oregon’s Retirement Savings Program

Oregon’s state-sponsored auto-enrollment retirement program for workers whose employers don’t offer pensions: the program has helped some workers save, but others opted out. Wharton Prof. Olivia S. Mitchell examines the successes and shortcomings of the program, in a paper featured in the latest NBER Digest. Read More

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How Persistent Low Returns Will Shape Saving and Retirement

Olivia S. Mitchell, Robert Clark, and Raimond Maurer, Editors
August 2018

Financial market developments over the past decade have undermined what was once thought to be conventional wisdom about saving, investment, and retirement spending. How Persistent Low Returns Will Shape Saving and Retirement explores how the weak capital market performance predicted for the next several years will shape pension saving, investment, and decumulation plans. Academics, policymakers, and industry leaders debate alternative strategies to cope with these challenges globally, as economic growth remains slow and low returns become the ‘new normal.’

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Working Papers


1. Social Interaction Effects and Individual Portfolio Choice: Evidence from 401(k) Pension Plan Investors
Timothy (Jun) Lu and Ning Tang

2. Lessons for Public Pensions from Utah’s Move to Pension Choice
Robert L. Clark, Emma Hanson, and Olivia S. Mitchell

3. Retirement Behavior and the Global Financial Crisis
Jason J. Fichtner, John W.R. Phillips, and Barbara A. Smith

4. Retirement Security and the Financial and Economic Crisis: An Overview
Raimond Maurer, Olivia S. Mitchell, and Mark Warshawsky

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