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Economist to be featured on PBS' "Frontline" documentary

Author: Arts and Letters


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

Titled “Can You Afford to Retire?” the “Frontline” documentary 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, leaving America’s two private retirement systems – lifetime pensions and 401(k) plans – in deep trouble.

A professor of economics, Ghilarducci also is director of Notre Dame’s Higgins Labor Research Center. She is author of the award-winning book “Labor’s Capital: The Economics and Politics of Employer Pensions,” and the forthcoming book “The End of Retirement,” to be published next spring by Princeton University Press.

Originally published by Susan Guibert at on May 15, 2006.