The brief’s key findings are:
- The Obama Administration has proposed “Auto-IRAs” to boost pension coverage among those not currently offered a plan.
- Such a policy is seen to offer great potential, given that 60 percent of low-income workers currently offered a 401(k) choose to participate.
- However, these low-income workers with 401(k)s are different from their counterparts at firms that do not offer 401(k)s.
- Taking this difference into account, take-up among low-income workers could be as low as one third.