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Pension Liabilities: Fear Tactics and Serious Policy

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  • David Rosnick
  • Dean Baker

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This working paper argues that pension funds should adopt a funding principle that is consistent with a return on holdings conditional on the state of the stock market. As will be shown, the expected “conditional rate of return” used in making this assessment will vary depending on the current ratio of stock prices to trend corporate earnings. This funding rule will lead to a more even flow of contributions into the fund than a rule that is based on a fixed return for assets over time.

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  • David Rosnick & Dean Baker, 2012. "Pension Liabilities: Fear Tactics and Serious Policy," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2012-02, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
  • Handle: RePEc:epo:papers:2012-02
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    1. Dean Baker & Nick Buffie, 2015. "Pension Funding and the Economy: Would “Proper” Funding Cost Jobs?," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2015-22, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

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    Keywords

    pensions; retirement;

    JEL classification:

    • G - Financial Economics
    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • J - Labor and Demographic Economics
    • J3 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs
    • J32 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Nonwage Labor Costs and Benefits; Retirement Plans; Private Pensions

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