Reports January 2020

Examining the Nest Egg: The Sources of Retirement Income for Older Americans

A new report finds that a large portion (40 percent) of older Americans rely only on Social Security income in retirement while only a small percentage of older Americans (seven percent) receive income from Social Security, a defined benefit pension, and a defined contribution account. Retirement income from these three sources is widely considered to […]

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November 2019

State and Local Employees Views on Their Jobs, Pay and Benefits

At a time when state and local governments are struggling to attract and retain employees to deliver vital taxpayer services, a new national poll finds that retirement and healthcare benefits are critically important job features, more so than salary. These benefits are viewed as a powerful recruitment and retention tool, with nearly all state and […]

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Issue Briefs September 2019

Financial Asset Inequality and Its Implications for Retirement Security

A new research brief finds that financial asset inequality among Americans continues to increase, and the inequality is consistent across generations. This wealth inequality, combined with dangerously low retirement savings among most households, poses a significant threat to retirement for working Americans. The new analysis indicates that from 2004 to 2016, the share of financial […]

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Issue Briefs August 2019

Enduring Challenges: Examining the Experiences of States that Closed Pension Plans

A new series of case studies finds that states that shifted new employees from defined benefit pensions to defined contribution or cash balance plans experienced increased costs for taxpayers, without major improvements in funding. The research also indicates that the move away from pensions cuts employees’ retirement security and that employers may face increasing challenges […]

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Reports March 2019

Retirement Insecurity 2019: Americans’ Views of the Retirement Crisis

New public opinion research finds that Americans are united in their concern about retirement. In overwhelming numbers, Americans say the nation faces a retirement crisis, with Democrats at 80 percent, Republicans at 75 percent, and Independents at 75 percent. These findings are contained in a new research, Retirement Insecurity 2019: Americans’ Views of the Retirement […]

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Reports January 2019

Pensionomics 2018: Measuring the Economic Impact of Defined Benefit Pension Expenditures

Economic gains attributable to defined benefit (DB) pensions in the U.S. are substantial. Retiree spending of pension benefits in 2016 generated $1.2 trillion in total economic output, supporting some 7.5 million jobs across the U.S. Pension spending also added a total of $202.6 billion to government coffers, as taxes were paid at federal, state and […]

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