David Draine, a senior researcher at Pew, serves as a principal investigator and methodologist for Pew’s research on public sector retirement systems. The project’s work has showcased the funding challenges that face many state and local pension systems and retiree health care plans, as well as possible solutions. Draine’s research has looked at pension plan design, risk and uncertainty, and disclosure and transparency.
Based on this work, Draine has advised state and local task forces considering public sector retirement system reforms. He also has conducted research and analysis on critical state policy issues involving state revenue systems, investments in transportation infrastructure, economic development, and mortgage lending.
Draine holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Princeton University and a master’s degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.
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State human resources (HR) directors face numerous challenges when building a state workforce. They are well-positioned to understand the needs and preferences of state workers, making their perspectives on how to attract and hold on to productive and engaged employees valuable. To learn more, The Pew Charitable Trusts partnered with the National Association of State Personnel Executives to hold... Read More
Almost all of the $20.8 billion that states paid in 2015 for non-pension worker retirement benefits— what are known as other post-employment benefits (OPEB)—went to retiree health care. The aggregate figure represented an increase of $1.2 billion, or 6 percent, over 2014. Read More
Pension reform legislation enacted this year in Pennsylvania with broad bipartisan support is historic in its scope and impact. The new law establishes what is known as a risk-managed hybrid plan for new employees that lowers costs and significantly reduces risk for taxpayers—while preserving a path to retirement security for public workers. At the same time, it maintains and extends the... Read More