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The State of U.S. Retirement Security: Can the Middle Class Afford to Retire?
Monique Morrissey, for Economic Policy Institute Link to more items from this source
Mar. 16, 2014
"In theory, the shift from defined-benefit pensions to defined-contribution plans could have broadened access by making it easier for employers to offer retirement benefits. However, participation in employer-based plans, which peaked at just over half (52 percent) of prime-age wage and salary workers in 2000, fell to 44 percent in 2012. This occurred even though the baby boomers were entering their 50s and early 60s, when participation rates tend to be high[.]"

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