New ICI Study Finds Private-Sector Retirement Plans Play Increasingly Important Role Across All Incomes
By ICI Viewpoints
November 18, 2010
Data in a new ICI study show that across all income groups, private-sector retirement income is more prevalent among retirees today than in the mid-1970s. These findings run against a couple of fairly common assumptions: that private-sector pension income has fallen over time and that the rises of defined contribution plans (and simultaneous decline of defined benefit plans) has left retirees with less pension income today than in decades past.
Here’s how the paper’s authors, Peter Brady (ICI Senior Economist) and Michael Bogdan (ICI Associate Economist) put it:
The study, A Look at Private-Sector Retirement Plan Income After ERISA, finds that in 2009, 34 percent of retirees received income—either directly or through a spouse—from private-sector retirement plans, compared with 21 percent in 1975. The median income received by those with private-sector pension income increased to $6,000 in 2009 from about $4,500 in 1975 (in 2009 dollars). The research examines private-sector retirement income trends since 1975 just after the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was enacted.
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