The Gold Standard In Public Retirement System Design Series
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The Gold Standard In Public Retirement System Design Series

Best practices and recommendations to help states move into a more sustainable pension model for employees and taxpayers.  

The Pension Integrity Project at Reason Foundation’s Gold Standard In Public Retirement System Design series reviews the best practices of state-level public retirement systems and provides a design framework for states that are struggling with post-employment benefit debt and retirement security risks. The series includes recommendations to help states structure attractive retirement systems that meet the needs of both employees and taxpayers.

The Gold Standard in Public Retirement System Design Series currently includes:

Check back in the future for additional briefs, including:

  • Best Practices in Amortization Policies
  • Best Practices in Hybrid Retirement Plans
  • Best Practices in Assumed Rates of Return

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