Research Report Negative Returns: How State Pensions Shortchange Teachers
Chad Aldeman, Richard W. Johnson
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Most teachers who retire with 30 or more years of service receive large pensions. However, teachers who complete fewer years of service and enter the classroom at relatively young ages usually receive much smaller pensions. This study finds that in half of states, at least 77 percent of teachers separate from their plan with a pension that is worth less than the value of their mandatory plan contributions. These teachers would have received more retirement benefits if they could have opted out of their retirement plan and invested their retirement contributions on their own.
Research Areas Education Wealth and financial well-being Aging and retirement
Tags Pensions Wages and nonwage compensation Teachers Retirement Retirement policy
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center