Joshua D. Rauh: On Finance and States of the World


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As part of our ongoing partnership with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, we spoke with Joshua D. Rauh, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor of finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, about city and state pensions for public employees.

As he explains, state and local governments budget for pensions based on their assumptions about how the economy will do in the future. But that can be risky. If those assumptions are wrong, says Rauh, the next generation will end up paying twice – once for the pensions of current public employees and then again, for those retiring in the future.

The fix? Rauh says we need to completely change how we think about government budgeting. Find out what he proposes and then tell us what you think. Comment below!