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John Williamson





John B. Williamson is currently a professor in the Department of Sociology at Boston College. He is an affiliated researcher at the Center for Retirement Research, and a research fellow at the Center on Aging and Work. His SB degree is from MIT and his Ph.D. is from Harvard University.

Between 2011 and 2016 he served as an associate editor of The Gerontologist (for public policy studies) and is currently on the editorial board of four other journals. Much of his research focuses is on the comparative study of old-age security and the debate over generational equity.

He has presented papers at professional meetings in 18 countries and has publications translated and published into 7 foreign languages. His books deal with such topics as the politics of aging, the senior movement, and social security. Recently he has published on such topics as ageism and the future of retirement security. He has written much about the partial privatization of pension systems and alternatives to privatization such as the use of notional defined contribution (NDC) schemes. Much of his recent work focuses in developments in East Asia, particular China and Japan. For a full list of publications Google “John B. Williamson” or go to