Research and Resources

October 1, 2019
The funded ratio for public pension plans edged up slightly to 73 percent in fiscal year 2018. Additionally, research indicates that liability growth for the pension plans slowed dramatically from 2001 to 2018, but still exceeded asset growth over the period. This issue brief from SLGE and the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College […]
September 18, 2019
A new report from the SLGE and AARP provides policymakers and stakeholders with an overview of the use of variable benefit and contribution arrangements in public pension plans. Under variable benefit and contribution arrangements, a pre-set formula drives occasional adjustments – increases or decreases – in retirement benefits and/or contributions to help maintain the long-term […]
July 22, 2019
As part of our ongoing research series, SLGE and the National Association of State Retirement Administrators (NASRA) have compiled a state-by-state summary of other post-employment benefits (OPEBs), which is primarily comprised of retiree health care. This infographic shows per capita shares of unfunded liabilities, as well as current contribution levels.
May 8, 2019
Representatives from SLGE and ICMA-RC discussed polling research on auto-enrollment in supplemental retirement plans in a webinar on May 7, 2019. Nearly half of state and local employees approve of auto-enrollment in defined contribution plans, known as Supplemental Retirement Plans (SRPs), and 77 percent would choose to stay in a plan if auto-enrolled. The research also […]
March 21, 2019
Nearly half of employees approve of auto-enrollment, 77 percent would stay in a plan if auto-enrolled, and higher default deferral rates result in respondents settling on a higher contribution rate.
January 30, 2019
The Public Plans Database has been updated with state and local pension fund CAFR data from June 2018. This infographic displays the latest trends.
January 24, 2019
An in-depth analysis of local government financial literacy programs across the U.S. finds that only about one in four local government employers offer financial literacy programs to their workforce.
November 27, 2018
Policies surrounding the re-employment of retired public employees have been written to limit actuarial risk for the underlying pension fund and avoid perceptions of revolving door arrangements or excessive compensation, while also balancing the needs of employers to ensure that sufficient numbers of skilled employees are available to fill key roles. This report, based on […]
October 22, 2018
The aggregate funded ratio for state and local pension plans is hovering around 72 percent. However, dividing the plans into equal segments, the top third is between 81 and 111 percent funded, the middle third is 68 to 80 percent funded, and the lower third is between 16 to 67 percent funded. The outlook for […]
August 6, 2018
This brief examines the impact of investment fees on public pension plans’ performance, as well as the types of benchmarks used for different asset classes.
April 9, 2018
This brief explores the effects of 2005 to 2014 pension reform on state and local government competitiveness in the labor market.
March 13, 2018
This brief examines the impacts of South Dakota’s shift from voluntary to automatic enrollment in its supplemental retirement savings plan for public employees.