Retirement Security

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The Labor Center conducts research on workers’ retirement prospects in the context of threats to Social Security, the decline of secure workplace pensions, and the shift to individual investment accounts like 401(k)s. We also assess state policies and proposals that aim to improve retirement security in California and nationally.

National- and state-level research on the crisis in retirement security.

Issues in public pension systems in California and other states.

Research & Publications

Nari Rhee

Understanding Public Pensions in Sonoma County

This brief examines pension benefits for public servants in Sonoma County in terms of their role in employee compensation, the evolving financial status of pension systems, the impact of pension reform on costs, and how different pension systems in the county and surrounding Bay Area region stack up against each other in terms of protection from inflation during retirement.

UC Berkeley Labor Center

RELEASE: Understanding the Financial Status, Cost, and Sustainability of Public Pensions in Marin County

Designed as a resource for policymakers and journalists, this brief explains how public pension costs are calculated and funded, and explains how reforms adopted by CalPERS, CalSTRS, and MCERA have put the systems on stronger footing in recent years. This is the second of three briefs in the Marin Public Pension Series.

Press Coverage

CNBC

Why Americans are finding it more difficult to retire

Retirement is the final chapter of the American dream. But that dream of the “golden years” is quickly turning into a fairy tale for a growing number of people. More than a third of Americans today feel unprepared or unsure if they are on track for retirement, according to a new study. But, on the other hand, some experts say American seniors are better off than their counterparts in other countries. Is America really facing a retirement crisis, and if so can it be solved?

Program Contact

Nari Rhee

Director, Retirement Security Program