Upcoming Event

Teresa Ghilarducci at Harvard Book Store


Work, Retire, Repeat:
The Uncertainty of Retirement in the New Economy

in conversation with DR. LISA BERKMAN


March 18, 2024
7:00 PM ET


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes TERESA GHILARDUCCI—professor of economics and policy analysis at the New School for Social Research—for a discussion of her new book Work, Retire, Repeat: The Uncertainty of Retirement in the New Economy. She will be joined in conversation by DR. LISA BERKMAN—director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

About Work, Retire, Repeat

While the French went on strike in 2023 to protest the increase in the national retirement age, workers in the United States have all but given up on the notion of dignified retirement for all. Instead, Americans—whose elders face the highest risk of poverty compared to workers in peer nations—are fed feel-good stories about Walmart clerks who can finally retire because a customer raised the necessary funds through a GoFundMe campaign.

Many argue that the solution to the financial straits of American retirement is simple: people need to just work longer. Yet this call to work longer is misleading in a multitude of ways, including its endangering of the health of workers and its discrimination against people who work in lower-wage occupations. In Work, Retire, Repeat, Teresa Ghilarducci tells the stories of elders locked into jobs—not because they love to work but because they must.

But this doesn’t need to be the reality. Work, Retire, Repeat shows how relatively low-cost changes to how we finance and manage retirement will allow people to truly choose how they spend their golden years.

Praise for Work, Retire, Repeat

"Retirement inequality is on the rise and is causing anger and democratic resentment among working classes in many countries. This fascinating book puts the central issue of retirement inequality at the forefront of political discussion. A must read." —Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Work, Retire, Repeat shows the risks and decisions facing older workers today and the economic forces this complexity creates. Ghilarducci's analysis is packed with facts and original ideas for both change and how to live with today's system in the meantime. Work, Retire, Repeat may prove to be as influential as Stuart Chase’s 1932 book A New Deal." —Robert Shiller, recipient of the 2013 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics

“Compared to workers in equally wealthy countries, Americans work much longer. We work more hours per week, take fewer vacations, and look ahead to a late, financially insecure retirement. Ghilarducci convincingly and heartrendingly shows that so many of us who find ourselves unable to afford to retire didn’t plan for this, but rather find out after the fact that others had punched holes in the financial buckets we thought were being filled for our retirement.” —Brad DeLong, author of Slouching Towards Utopia: An Economic History of the Twentieth Century

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Dr. Lisa Berkman
Dr. Lisa Berkman

Dr. Lisa Berkman

Dr. Lisa Berkman is the director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies (HCPDS) and the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is an internationally recognized social epidemiologist whose work focuses extensively on social and policy influences on population health and aging. She recently published a book (co- edited with Beth Truesdale) on working longer in America, Overtime: America’s Aging Workforce and The Future of Working Longer.

She is President of the Population Association of America, past president of the American Population Centers, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Lisa Duggan
Lisa Duggan

Lisa Duggan

Lisa Duggan is an activist, journalist, historian and Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis at NYU. She has combined writing, organizing and teaching about the history of capitalism, feminist and queer theories, left activism and cultural politics. She is interested in political economies and in public feelings, in the organization of labor and the regulation of lust. Her previous books include Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture (co-authored with Nan Hunter), Sapphic Slashers: Sex, Sensationalism and American ModernityOur Monica, Ourselves: The Clinton Affair and National Interest (co-edited with Lauren Berlant), and Twilight of Equality: Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics and the Attack on Democracy.

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