Wharton Pension Research Council Working Papers

Redefining Traditional Plans: Variations and Developments in Public Employee Retirement Plan Design

Keith Brainard, National Association of State Retirement Administrators

The published version of this Working Paper may be found in the 2009 publication: The Future if Public Employee Retirement Systems.


Retiree benefits for U.S. employees of state and local governments have traditionally been paid via defined benefit (DB) plans, but this arrangement has been neither monolithic nor static. This article provides examples of variants on the traditional DB model and presents recent developments in retirement benefits for public employees, focusing on the incorporation of DC plan elements into or alongside DB plan structures.


Date Posted: 09 August 2019