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ERIC Number: ED499007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 37
Abstractor: Author
Peaks, Cliffs and Valleys: The Peculiar Incentives in Teacher Retirement Systems and their Consequences for School Staffing
Costrell, Robert M.; Podgursky, Michael
Urban Institute (NJ1)
This paper examines the pattern of incentives for work versus retirement in five state teacher pension systems. We do this by examining the annual accrual of pension wealth from an additional year of work over a teacher's career. Accrual of wealth is highly nonlinear and heavily loaded at arbitrary years that would normally be considered midcareer. One typical pattern exhibits low accrual in early years, accelerating in mid-late fifties, followed by dramatic decline, or even negative returns in years that are relatively young for retirement. We consider five states for specific analysis: We identify key factors in the defined benefit formulas that drive such patterns, and likely consequences for employee behavior. We examine the efficiency and equity consequences of these systems and lessons that might be drawn for pension reform. (Contains 10 figures and 1 table.) [This paper was supported with funds from the National Center for Employment Incentives at Vanderbilt University and the Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data.] in Education Research at the Urban Institute.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
IES Cited: ED529806