"'Catch-Up Contributions:' An Equitable and Affordable Solution to the Retirement Savings Crisis", AARP Innovation Challenge.
The median retirement savings balance for older workers is only $15,000. This note outlines catch-up contributions, a proposal that would enable workers to purchase extra benefits through Social Security. Catch-up contributions alone cannot solve the problem of inadequate retirement savings, but they mitigate systemic shortcomings of 401(k)- and IRA-based savings programs.
Author: Teresa Ghilarducci, Anthony Webb, and Michael Papadopoulos