The brief’s key findings are:
- To improve the funded status of state and local pensions, many plan sponsors have cut benefits, particularly for new hires.
- Such cuts, without offsetting increases in wages, could potentially make government employment less attractive to workers.
- The analysis found that workers joining the public sector after benefit cuts had earned less in the private sector than those hired before the cuts.
- This result suggests that pension cuts may have hurt governments’ ability to compete with the private sector for workers.