David Draine

David Draine

  • Officer
  • Public Sector Retirement Systems,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


David Draine, a senior researcher at Pew, serves as a principal investigator and methodologist on Pew’s research agenda on state fiscal health, economic competitiveness, and other state policy issues, particularly in the area of state budgets and fiscal health.

Draine has been a lead researcher on a number of groundbreaking studies looking at state-run public employee retirement systems. Pew’s work in this area has been cited widely in national media, as well as by state and local print and broadcast outlets.

In addition to his expertise on public sector retirement benefits, Draine has conducted research and analysis across the 50 states that inform state policy decisions on a wide range of issues, including state transportation investments, state revenue systems, economic development, and mortgage lending.

He holds a bachelor of arts in history from Princeton University and a master of arts in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Recent Work

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  • State Retiree Health Care Liabilities

    States paid $18.4 billion in 2013 for worker retirement benefits other than pensions, which are known as other post-employment benefits (OPEB). Almost all of this total was spent on retiree health care. The payments covered the cost of current-year benefits and, in some states, included funding to address OPEB liabilities—the cost in today’s dollars of benefits to be paid in... Read More

  • State Retiree Health Plan Spending

    This report, a first-of-its-kind effort, provides data on state OPEB liabilities—the cost in today’s dollars of benefitsto be paid to current workers and retirees over future years—and funding trends and how they are affected byaspects of state retiree health plans. Read More

  • Public Workers Preparing for Retirement

    State and local pension systems have adopted significant reforms in recent years in an effort to become fiscally sustainable. The impact of these reforms on recruitment and retention of a talented workforce remains unclear, and the need to understand workers’ thoughts and attitudes about retirement benefits is growing. In order to meet this need, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the... Read More

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