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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Eager to strengthen the long-term financial health of their public-sector pension systems, officials in several states have embraced a nonpartisan, data-driven approach to more precisely assess their ability to fulfill the benefit promises made to public employees. Read More
Many state retirement systems are on an unsustainable course, coming up short on their investment targets and having failed to set aside enough money to fund the pension promises made to public employees. Even as contributions from taxpayers over the past decade doubled as a share of state revenue, the total still fell short of what is needed to improve the funding situation. Read More
This report summarizes the key pension-related provisions of Detroit’s POA and includes an examination of thecity’s pension funding trajectory. Read More