Past Events

Older Workers & COVID-19: The Harsh Economic Realities

May 14, 2020

On Thursday, May 28th SCEPA's Retirement Equity Lab (ReLab) and the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) partnered together for a webinar on the harsh economic effects COVID-19 is having on some of our most vulnerable: older workers.



Kilolo Kijakazi, Urban Institute

See Kilolo's presentation here.

Kilolo Kijakazi is an Institute fellow at the Urban Institute developing partnerships with those most affected by economic and social issues, effectively communicating findings to diverse audiences, and recruiting a diverse research staff at all levels. Kijakazi also conducts research on economic security, structural racism, and the racial wealth gap. Previously, Kijakazi was a program officer at the Ford Foundation, focusing on economic security and incorporating the expertise of people of color into all aspects of the work. She was a member of the Bipartisan Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings, a senior policy analyst for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and a policy analyst for the National Urban League. She is a board member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and a cochair of the National Advisory Council on Eliminating the Black-White Wealth Gap, among many other appointments.

Monique Morrissey, Economic Policy Institute

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Monique Morrissey is an Economist at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Her areas of interest include Social Security, pensions and other employee benefits, household savings, tax expenditures, older workers, public employees, unions, and collective bargaining, Medicare. She is active in coalition efforts to reform the private retirement system to ensure an adequate, secure, and affordable retirement for all workers. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Prior to joining EPI, Morrissey worked at the AFL-CIO Office of Investment and the Financial Markets Center.

Richard Johnson, The Urban Institute

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Richard W. Johnson is a senior fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he directs the Program on Retirement Policy. His current research focuses on older Americans’ employment and retirement decisions, long-term services and supports for older adults with disabilities, and state and local pensions. Recent studies have examined job loss at older ages, occupational change after age 50, employment prospects for African Americans and Hispanics over age 50, and the impact of the 2007–09 recession and its aftermath on older workers and future retirement incomes. He has also written extensively about retirement preparedness, including the financial and health risks people face as they approach retirement, economic hardship in the years before Social Security's early eligibility age, and the adequacy of the disability safety net.

Teresa Ghilarducci, ReLab at The New School

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Teresa Ghilarducci is a labor economist and nationally-recognized expert in retirement security. She holds the Irene and Bernard L. Schwartz Chair in economic policy analysis in the Economics Department at the New School for Social Research and directs the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) that focuses on economic policy research and outreach. She is also a Research Associate at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Ghilarducci was professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame for 25 years prior to joining The New School. Currently she serves as a trustee for two retiree health care trusts: one for the United Auto Worker (UAW) retirees at GM, Ford, and Chrysler, and the other for Steelworker retirees at Goodyear. She was twice appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation advisory board. Her most recent book, Rescuing Retirement: A Plan to Guarantee Retirement Security for All Americans, offers solutions to the growing retirement crisis in the U.S.