Anqi Chen

Anqi Chen is a widely-respected economist who focuses on retirement issues at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. She has developed expertise especially with household finance, demographic changes, labor market outcomes, and social insurance. She looks at both public and private solutions to help improve how households accumulate and manage their savings with the goal of achieving financial security. She has provided expert testimony at high-profile government hearings. Her work has been featured in numerous prominent news outlets, including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She has appeared as an expert guest on many TV and radio shows, including NPR, CNN, and CNBC.

Anqi Chen on Gen Jones:
Anqi emphasizes the importance of separating Generation Jones from the traditional definition of the Baby Boom Generation. Jonesers have had a qualitatively different experience financially than Boomers. In March 2023, she said in an interview: “Generation Jones is the first cluster of Americans that must rely on 401(k) plans for retirement rather than fixed pensions. More than 40 years ago, employers began shifting the market risk of amassing retirement benefits to their employees. After the Great Recession, many of these people had lower earnings, less 401(k) participation, and flat 401(k) balances. And, they endured another hit from recent market dips.”

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