Designing Public Retirement Systems

Structure is critical, but there's no one-size-fits-all approach

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. 

Policymakers across the country face serious challenges as they try to manage growing public pension costs while recruiting and retaining a strong workforce. That has prompted many to take a closer look at the way they deliver retirement benefits to employees. When designing a retirement plan, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

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