Pension Ratios as 'Correlates' of Municipal Pension Underfunding
Posted: 19 Jul 2014
Date Written: Summer 1985
Unlike the corporate sector, detailed estimates of unfunded pension liabilities for most local governments are not available. Thus, prior research on the association between unfunded pension liabilities and municipal creditor decisions (Copeland and Ingram 1983; Marks and Raman 1985) has implicitly assumed that certain pension ratios are good surrogates for municipal pension underfunding. In this paper, we rely on a theoretical model by Ehrenberg (1980) to test empirically the appropriateness of pension ratios as "correlates" of municipal pension underfunding. These ratios were found to be correlated with pension underfunding, although they accounted for only about 30 percent of the variance in the underfunding variable.
Keywords: governmental pension underfunding, pension ratios, correlates for underfunding
JEL Classification: M41
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