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.
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The Pew Charitable Trusts performs 50-state and major city research on all aspects of public pension systems, including their fiscal health, investment practices, benefits design, and governance. Pew’s project on public sector retirement systems developed some of the first and most comprehensive studies of underfunded public pensions throughout the United States. This fact sheet updates... Read More
The Virginia Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, created last year at the urging of Republican House Speaker William J. Howell, voted in December to propose two retirement system reforms to the legislature and three procedural changes to the Virginia Retirement System’s (VRS) board of trustees. Read More
The challenge of balancing pension costs with the need to recruit and retain a strong workforce has prompted policymakers in many states to take a closer look at how they provide retirement benefits. A number of states with defined benefit (DB), or traditional, pension plans have policies that allow them to retain the core elements of the benefit while sharing the risk of cost increases—as... Read More