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  • Olivia S. Mitchell
  • Roderick Carr

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This paper examines the role and function of pension plans covering state and local government employees in the United States. Covering about 16 million employees (including teachers, fire fighters, police, members of the judiciary, and many other state and local employees), these plans manage a substantial stock of financial assets -- close to $1 trillion -- and receive annual contributions from employees and government revenues totaling about $56 billion. Using data gathered from a variety of different sources, some of which have only recently become available, we describe the benefits, financing, and management of these plans, and identify some of the prominent challenges facing these pension plans in the next decade.

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Paper provided by Wharton School Pension Research Council, University of Pennsylvania in its series Pension Research Council Working Papers with number 95-13.

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Publication status: Published In Jerry Rosenbloom, ed., Handbook of Employee Benefits. Chicago, IL: Irwin. 1996.
Handle: RePEc:wop:pennpr:95-13

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  1. Olivia S. Mitchell & Robert S. Smith, 1991. "Pension Funding in the Public Sector," NBER Working Papers 3898, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Olivia S. Mitchell & Ping-Lung Hsin, . "Public Pension Governance and Performance," Pension Research Council Working Papers 94-1, Wharton School Pension Research Council, University of Pennsylvania.
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Cited by:
  1. Jeffrey R. Brown & Olivia S. Mitchell & James M. Poterba & Mark J. Warshawsky, . "Taxing Retirement Income: Nonqualified Annuities and Distributions from Qualified Accounts," Pension Research Council Working Papers 99-3, Wharton School Pension Research Council, University of Pennsylvania.
  2. Michael Useem & Olivia S. Mitchell, 2000. "Holders of the Purse Strings: Governance and Performance of Public Retirement Systems," Center for Financial Institutions Working Papers 00-08, Wharton School Center for Financial Institutions, University of Pennsylvania.
  3. Michael Useem & David Hess, . "Governance and Investments of Public Pensions," Pension Research Council Working Papers 99-11, Wharton School Pension Research Council, University of Pennsylvania.
  4. Olivia S. Mitchell & David McCarthy & Stanley C. Wisniewski & Paul Zorn, . "Developments in State and Local Pension Plans," Pension Research Council Working Papers 99-4, Wharton School Pension Research Council, University of Pennsylvania.
  5. Olivia S. Mitchell, . "International Models for Pension Reform," Pension Research Council Working Papers 98-5, Wharton School Pension Research Council, University of Pennsylvania.

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