Wharton Pension Research Council Working Papers

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Unless defined benefit pension plans are managed much better and more cost-effectively, they will be replaced by defined contribution plans. Benefit and contribution policies need to be carefully evaluated to make sure that a reasonable level of ongoing contributions, together with investment income, are adequate to fund the defined benefit plan without unpleasant surprises. Unless valuation and contribution conventions change to market-valued economically-based quantities, decision makers will lack the right information with which to make informed policy decisions.


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

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© 2008 Pension Research Council of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. All rights reserved.


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Date Posted: 09 August 2019