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Distribution of Benefits in Teacher Retirement Systems and Their Implications for Mobility

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  • Robert M. Costrell

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    (Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas)

  • Michael Podgursky

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    (Department of Economics, University of Missouri-Columbia and Fellow, George W. Bush Institute, Southern Methodist University)

Abstract

While it is generally understood that defined benefit pension systems concentrate benefits on career teachers and impose costs on mobile teachers, there has been very little analysis of the magnitude of these effects. The authors develop a measure of implicit redistribution of pension wealth among teachers at varying ages of separation. Compared with a neutral system, we find that often about half of an entering cohort's net pension wealth is redistributed to teachers who separate in their fifties from those who separate earlier, and we also identify some variation across six state systems. This implies large costs for interstate mobility. We estimate that teachers who split a thirty-year career between two pension plans often lose over half their net pension wealth compared with teachers who complete a career in a single system. Plan options that permit purchases of service years mitigate few or none of these losses. It is difficult to explain these patterns of costs and benefits on efficiency grounds. More likely explanations include the relative influence of senior versus junior educators in interest group politics and a coordination problem between states. © 2010 American Education Finance Association

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Education Finance and Policy.

Volume (Year): 5 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 519-557

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Handle: RePEc:tpr:edfpol:v:5:y:2010:i:4:p:519-557

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