Domestic Public Policy

The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Pension Reform: How Benefit Cuts for Current Workers in Rhode Island Have Affected Retention, Recruitment, and Budgets

Grant Year: 2018


Laura Quinby and Gal Wettstein will examine how changes in Rhode Island’s public-employee pension policies affected state and local government budgets and employee decisions on whether to work in the public sector. They will analyze the extent to which reforms undertaken by Rhode Island in 2005 and 2009 reduced the costs of public pensions for state and local governments and how employees responded to these changes, including whether younger employees chose to leave government service. The project’s findings will appear in a report and a series of policy briefs.

Boston College Domestic Public Policy

$50,000