Newsletter: Should The Government Raise The Retirement Age?

Raise the Retirement Age Open to Debate


Marc Goldwein
Senior Vice President and Senior
Policy Director at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget


Teresa Ghilarducci
Labor Economist;
Professor of Economics and Policy Analysis at The New School



Here is what we have in store this week:

We debate whether raising the retirement age would help Social Security’s solvency

A closer look at the average age of retirees—and how much money they need

 Your Sunday reading list



If you’re like most people, you look forward to the day when you can finally send that last work email, attend your last meeting, and walk out of the office to start your retirement and receive your social security benefits. But there’s a conversation going on in policy circles about whether the age of eligibility should be raised.

Isn’t 65 the normal age to retire? Not really. There was legislation in 1983 that gradually began raising the eligible age from 65 to the current age of 67. Now, because there are fewer workers than retirees to pay into the system, the trusts funding Social Security may run out by 2034, and raising the retirement age would be one way to continue its funding.

What are the arguments? Those who argue “yes” say people are living longer, which hadn’t been the case when Social Security was established, and it could lead to economic growth. Those who argue “no” say that it isn’t fair to assume that people in physically challenging jobs can work longer and that others simply deserve to enjoy their so-called golden years.

What’s at stake? Even after working for decades in hopes of a happy (and deserved) retirement… you may have to wait longer. Even if you recently entered the workforce, this conversation affects you, as changes may happen over time.

Now, we debate the question: Should the Government Raise the Retirement Age? Arguing “YES” for raising the age is Marc Goldwein, who is the Senior Vice President and Senior Policy Director at the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and previously served in the fiscal commission forming the 2010 Simpson-Bowles Plan, which attempted to make Social Security more sustainable. Arguing “NO” is Teresa Ghilarducci, a labor economist and professor at The New School who focuses on retirement security.

When would be your preferred age to retire? Listen to this episode and tell us what you think of this debate on our website or Twitter.



The annual cost to retire comfortably can be close to a working person’s income. How much of it does Social Security contribute to?

































Should the Government Raise the Retirement Age?



“Social security faces a substantial gap between what it spends and what it brings in, in revenue… we’re going to have to address that gap through some combination of approaches, of which I think raising the age should be part of the mix.”

Marc Goldwein



“The reason I am so adamant that this is not the time to cut Social Security benefits is because I see that the United States has the highest elderly poverty rate of our peers, and it’s rising… I also see a middle class who are approaching retirement age who will be poor or near poor when they reach retirement age.”

Teresa Ghilarducci




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