The Pension Research Council

2008 Symposium: The Future of Public Employee Retirement Systems
May 1-2, 2008

About the Conference

This event examined the challenges facing public retirement systems in the US and around the world. After tracing the evolution of public sector pensions and retiree health programs, the discussion compared public with private sector pay and benefits. Next the speakers took up public policy concerns regarding accounting and management in public employee plans in the United States, focusing on ways to properly measure liabilities and how to make the plans more cost effective. The discussion also included analysis of defined contribution versus defined benefit plans for the public sector, and funding of federal retirement systems, both civilian and military. International lessons were brought to bear with a dsicussion of reforms in the German, the Japanese, and the Canadian public employee plans. This conference was a Wharton Impact Conference sponsored by the Wharton School's Pension Research Council and Boettner Center for Pensions and Retirement Research.

The conference was co-hosted by Gary Anderson and Olivia S. Mitchell at The Wharton School.

Conference Agenda

Thursday May 1, 2008

Session I: The Past and Future of Public Retirement Systems

Session II: New Developments in Public Plan Management

Keynote Speaker: Girard Miller, GASB

Session III: International Perspectives on Public Retirement Systems

Session IV: Reform Paths for Public Plans

Friday May 2, 2008

Session V: Costs and Benefits of Public Retirement Systems

Session VI: Roundtable
Chair: Gary Anderson, Consultant; Robert Schultze, Virginia Retirement System; Mark Iwry, Brookings Institution/Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; David Wilcox, Federal Reserve Board; Ralph Marsh, Houston Police Officers Pension System

For More Information

For more information, please contact:

Pension Research Council
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
3000 Steinberg Hall - Dietrich Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6302
Tel: 215.898.7620
Fax: 215.573-3418
Email: prc@wharton.upenn.edu