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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State and local governments have seen an uptick in retirement rates among baby boomers and other older people who make up a large segment of their workforce, and this development could have major implications as policymakers consider changes to benefit programs for public workers. Read More
The ability of state and local governments to deliver public services depends increasingly on whether they can recruit and retain younger workers. Many baby boomers, who represent a large portion of the public sector workforce, postponed leaving their jobs—and the labor force—as a result of the Great Recession, but governments are now reporting an uptick in retirements and a growing... Read More
After the Great Recession took a toll on retirement savings for millions of Americans in the late 2000s, many baby boomers working in the public sector postponed their retirements. Today, however, the retirement rate among these workers is rising, with many state and local governments reporting increases in recent years. Read More