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Labor and Employment Law

2011

Defined contribution pensions

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Combating Moral Hazard: The Case For Rationalizing Public Employee Benefits, Maria Hylton Aug 2011

Combating Moral Hazard: The Case For Rationalizing Public Employee Benefits, Maria Hylton

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The current crisis in public employee benefits is a fairly conventional moral hazard story about overly generous promises made by both private sector employers and politicians spending public dollars. The private sector, forced by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in 1993 to confront the true cost of promises made to future retirees, dealt with the newly discovered debt in a number of ways, including the termination of defined benefit plans which were quickly replaced by defined contribution plans. The public sector was also forced to confront its own largesse with the implementation of GASB 45 which focused careful attention ...