Research and Resources

March 21, 2019
Nearly half of employees approve of auto-enrollment, 77 percent would stay in a plan if auto-enrolled, and higher default deferral rates result in respondents settling on a higher contribution rate.
January 30, 2019
The Public Plans Database has been updated with state and local pension fund CAFR data from June 2018. This infographic displays the latest trends.
January 24, 2019
An in-depth analysis of local government financial literacy programs across the U.S. finds that only about one in four local government employers offer financial literacy programs to their workforce.
November 27, 2018
Policies surrounding the re-employment of retired public employees have been written to limit actuarial risk for the underlying pension fund and avoid perceptions of revolving door arrangements or excessive compensation, while also balancing the needs of employers to ensure that sufficient numbers of skilled employees are available to fill key roles. This report, based on […]
October 22, 2018
The aggregate funded ratio for state and local pension plans is hovering around 72 percent. However, dividing the plans into equal segments, the top third is between 81 and 111 percent funded, the middle third is 68 to 80 percent funded, and the lower third is between 16 to 67 percent funded. The outlook for […]
August 6, 2018
This brief examines the impact of investment fees on public pension plans’ performance, as well as the types of benchmarks used for different asset classes.
April 9, 2018
This brief explores the effects of 2005 to 2014 pension reform on state and local government competitiveness in the labor market.
March 13, 2018
This brief examines the impacts of South Dakota’s shift from voluntary to automatic enrollment in its supplemental retirement savings plan for public employees.
February 6, 2018
This infographic shows trends in public pension plan funded ratios; required contributions paid; and investment allocations, assumptions, and returns.
December 29, 2017
This brief examines the funded status of local government pension plans in comparison to state pension plans.
October 20, 2017
This infographic shows state and local pension distributions of funded ratios, required contributions paid, and assumptions for FY2016.
October 20, 2017
This brief examines the relationship between unfunded pension liabilities and municipal bond borrowing costs for state and local governments since the financial crisis.