Retirement on the Edge: Women, Men, and Economic Insecurity After the Great Recession

Cynthia Hess, Ph.D., Jeff Hayes, Ph.D., Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D.

September 30, 2011
  • ID: D500

The IWPR/Rockefeller Survey addressed the extent of economic security almost a
year and a half after the recession officially ended. Many of the survey’s findings are
detailed in the report, Women and Men Living On the Edge: Economic Insecurity After
the Great Recession (Hayes and Hartmann 2011). This report analyzes a specific aspect
of the IWPR/Rockefeller Survey’s findings: issues related to retirement security
following the recession. It finds that men and women after the Great Recession experience
uncertainty about the adequacy of their financial resources for the proverbial
“golden years,” an uncertainty that may shape how they view the meaning of
retirement and their own decisions about the future.