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ERIC Number: ED510427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Labor Market Effects of Pensions and Implications for Teachers. Conference Paper 2009-06
Friedberg, Leora; Turner, Sarah
National Center on Performance Incentives, Paper was prepared for "Rethinking Teacher Retirement Benefit Systems" (Nashville, TN, Feb 19-20, 2009)
While the pension plan landscape has changed remarkably over the last two decades, with most private-sector workers seeing a shift from defined benefit (DB) to defined contribution (DC) plans, DB pension plans remain the overwhelming norm for K-12 teachers employed by state and local governments. With DB plans, teachers typically receive minimal pension benefits if they leave their jobs before their fifties, then large gains for staying a few more years, after which their pension wealth begins to drain away if they do not retire. The resulting jumps and dips in the path of teacher pension wealth accrual have major implications for the staffing of schools, potentially affecting retirement behavior, the mobility of mid-career teachers, and the characteristics of remaining teachers. Beyond describing the aging of the teacher labor force and the parameters of teacher pensions, this paper outlines lessons from the labor economics literature about the likely implications for teacher labor markets. (Contains 2 tables, 4 figures, and 23 footnotes.)
National Center on Performance Incentives. Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, PMB #43, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203. Tel: 615-322-5538; Fax: 615-322-6018; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: University of Arkansas, Department of Education Reform
Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt University, National Center on Performance Incentives