Pension Education Toolkit

Pension Education Toolkit
Learn how pensions are funded and how they impact the economy.
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Public pensions are a hot topic in the news, so we developed this Pension Education Toolkit to help deepen your understanding of defined benefit public pension plans. Supplemental information is found on our Facts & Research page. Additional data is available through our Public Pension Partners.

Why Pensions Matter: The History of Defined Benefit Pension Plans in the USA (2017)

Why Pensions Matter: The History of Defined Benefit Pension Plans in the USA (2017) – This report from the National Public Pension Coalition concludes that providing workers with a secure and dignified pension is good for everyone – including taxpayers and the economy.

Understanding Public Pensions: A Guide for Elected Officials (2017)

Understanding Public Pensions: A Guide for Elected Officials (2017) – Produced by AARP and the Center for State & Local Government Excellence, this report explains the important role elected officials play in building or maintaining sustainable, cost-effective retirement systems.

2016 NCPERS Public Retirement Systems Study

2016 NCPERS Public Retirement Systems Study – The funded status of public pensions are increasing and plan administration costs are decreasing, according to a study of U.S. and Canadian pension systems.

Pension Reform Since the Financial Crisis (2017)

Pension Reform Since the Financial Crisis (2017) – Objective research shows states (including New York) enacted pension reforms to mitigate rising costs to taxpayers associated with the global financial crisis that occurred in 2008-09.

Pensionomics 2016

Pensionomics 2016 – Examines the national economic impacts of public and private pension plans, as well as the impact of state and local plans on a state-by-state basis. Findings include retiree pension benefits generated $1.2 trillion in total economic output, supporting some 7.1 million jobs across the U.S.

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