Back to Up to Us: NYU

How many baby boomers are expected to retire over the next two decades?

  • 52 million (13% people answered this)
  • 78 million (80% people answered this)
  • 100 million (6% people answered this)

30 people answered.


Correct answer is: 78 million

We need to find a way to sustainably foot the bill for the 78 million new beneficiaries that are due to draw benefits from Medicare and Social Security. Entitlement reform makes sense because the pace of healthcare costs, not to mention the lower childbirth rate, will prevent the US from meetings its obligations to our seniors. How should we restructure? Should benefits be decreased for the more well-off? Should the retirement age be increased for people born after a certain year?


New York University is participating in Up to Us, a nationwide competition to educate and engage campus communities on the issue of our federal government’s long-term debt. NYU is competing with 9 other schools—such as Brown, Georgetown, and U Texas—to win this nonpartisan competition. First prize is $10,000 and the judging panel includes George Stephanopoulos, Chelsea Clinton, Erskine Bowles, and Alan Simpson.  Up to Us is a partnership between Net Impact, Clinton Global Initiative University, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation ( If Up to Us: NYU wins, we will be donating the prize to charity, such as Food Bank of NYC or Hurricane Sandy relief.

Our campaign will kick off on 1/28. Keep an eye out for our tabling and programming events! Participate in our Great Giveaway to win prizes such as giftcards to your favorite local restaurants. 

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