Economist to be featured on PBS’ “Frontline” documentary

Author: Erik Runyon


University of Notre Dame economist Teresa Ghilarducci, a national expert on private pensions, will be featured Tuesday (May 16) on the PBS programFrontline,which airs locally at 9 p.m. on WNIT Public Television (Channel 34).

TitledCan You Afford to Retire?theFrontlinedocumentary will explore how the baby boom generation is headed for a shock as it hits retirement – boomers will be long on life expectancy but short on income.

Ghilarducci comments on the effects of corporations shifting most of the responsibility and cost of retirement to individuals, leavingAmerica’s two private retirement systems – lifetime pensions and 401(k) plans – in deep trouble.

A professor of economics, Ghilarducci also is director of Notre DamesHigginsLaborResearchCenter.She is author of the award-winning bookLabors Capital: The Economics and Politics of Employer Pensions,and the forthcoming bookThe End of Retirement,to be published next spring by Princeton University Press.

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