Designing Public Retirement Systems

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

Designing Public Retirement Systems

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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Agenda for America

A collection of resources to help federal, state, and local decision-makers set an achievable agenda for all Americans

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest.

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States of Innovation

Data-driven state policy innovations across America

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.