New CPS study compares retirement benefits for public employees in NW states
Author: Center for Public Service
Posted: February 26, 2013

On February 26, 2013, The Oregonian report on a new CPS study: "The Economic Value of Retirement Benefits for Archetypical Current and Future Retirees in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho - Present Value Analysis." The working draft is posted on the Center for Public Service website at:

This study selects three public service occupations-- accountant, K-12 teacher, and state trooper/police officer – commonly found in three Northwest states and their three largest cities (Portland, Seattle, and Boise.) Key assumptions were made to allow “apples-to-apples” comparisons of the retirement benefits of current and future retirees, both within and between each system. The analysis led to three major findings:

  1. For both current and future retirees, Washington and Idaho public employees will personally fund a far greater portion of their retirement than their Oregon counterparts.
  2. Under the Oregon PERS “Money Match” system – which can only be used by current Oregon PERS retirees – the Present Value of Retirement benefits is dramatically higher than those found in any other system.
  3. A corollary to Findings #1 and #2 is that public employers in Oregon finance far greater shares of their public pension systems than their Washington and Idaho counterparts – especially for current retirees.

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