Public Sector Retirement Systems

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The Public Sector Retirement Systems Project conducts and publishes groundbreaking research on the fiscal challenges state and cities face from their pension and retiree health promises.

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  • Public Pensions Investments

    The Pew Charitable Trusts' public sector retirement systems project performs 50-state and major city research on all aspects of public pension systems, including fiscal health, investment practices, benefits design, and governance. State- and locally run retirement systems currently manage trillions of dollars in public pension fund investments. Read More

  • State Pension Funding Gap

    Many state-run retirement systems face significant shortfalls between the pension benefits that governments promised to their workers and the funding available to meet those obligations. Read More

  • The State Pension Funding Gap: 2015

    The gap between the total assets reported by state pension systems across the United States and the benefits promised to workers, now reported as the net pension liability, reached $1.1 trillion in fiscal year 2015, the most recent year for which complete data are available. That represents an increase of $157 billion, or 17 percent, from 2014. Read More

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