Richard W. Johnson

Senior Fellow
The Urban Institute

Richard JohnsonRichard Johnson is an expert on income and health security at older ages. Much of his research focuses on older Americans’ employment and retirement decisions. Recent studies have examined job loss at older ages, occupational change after age 50, employment prospects for 50+ African Americans and Hispanics, and the impact of the 2007-2009 recession and its aftermath on older workers and future retirement incomes. He has also written extensively about retirement preparedness, including the financial and health risks people face as they approach retirement, economic hardship in the years before Social Security’s early eligibility age, and the adequacy of the disability safety net.

Johnson’s other research interests center on medical and long-term care costs at older ages. He has testified before Congress about the family costs of elder care and about gaps in health insurance coverage among older adults who have not yet qualified for Medicare. Current projects include studies that forecast the future demand for home care and nursing home care and future out-of-pocket spending on medical care.

Dr. Johnson earned his A.B. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


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