Mark Zandi

Mark Zandi is a prominent American economist. He is chief economist of Moody’s Analytics. He is a widely-trusted advisor to policy makers, and has testified many times before Congress on various economic matters. Mark is a regular contributor to The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and is a frequent guest on CBS’ Face the Nation and NBC’s Meet the Press. He also appears on many other shows, on networks including CNBC, CNN, Fox Business and NPR. Educated at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he is the author of several bestselling books.

Mark Zandi on Gen Jones:
Born in 1959, Mark identifies as part of Generation Jones, and has brought up Gen Jones in various interviews. For example, in the context of Jonesers coming of age more oriented toward business than politics, the Philadephia Inquirer wrote in February 2023: “That attitude helped much of Generation Jones do quite well financially, according to economist Mark Zandi of Moody’s Analytics.”

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Teresa Ghilarducci

Teresa Ghilarducci is a much acclaimed American economist. She has written several bestselling, award-winning and influential books about labor and retirement issues. She also publishes articles in some of the most prestigious journals in her field. She has testified before the U.S. Congress numerous times. She was a fellow at Harvard University, and a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame for 25 years. Her work has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, U.S. Department of Labor, Ford Foundation, and Retirement Research Foundation. She has often been interviewed by top media outlets, including The New York Times and PBS.

Teresa Ghilarducci on Gen Jones:
Born in 1957, Teresa proudly views herself as a member of Generation Jones. She has spoken publicly about Gen Jones multiple times. She was quoted in February 2023 in a long article about Generation Jones: “Combine 401(k) dependence with cuts to Social Security payments over the years, and you can see where aging members of Generation Jones could find themselves worse off than their parents, said economist Teresa Ghilarducci”

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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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