Public Pension Funding Forum

ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE

The issue of pension funding gap, real or not, is often used to change pension plans as we know them. The most common solutions revolve around increasing employee and employer contributions, reducing benefits, and converting lifetime guarantee of defined benefit pensions into do it yourself pension schemes. Regardless of whether these fixes will work in the long run, they do have serious consequences for all stake holders, including employees, employers, taxpayers, local businesses and economies. Analysis of empirical data suggests that undermining pensions increases income inequality which in turn puts a drag on the economy, and in the end everyone suffers.

The Public Pension Funding Forum will examine the obstacles that stand in the way of closing public pension funding gap and explore new solutions to overcome such obstacles, including better risk management in economic cycles, use of new and improved debt instruments, and closing tax loopholes.
   
The overarching goal of the Forum is to inject some new thinking that might solve the funding challenges without dismantling public pensions, and hence enhance prosperity for all.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

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2017 Public Pension Funding Forum
September 10 -12
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel
San Francisco, CA

GUEST SPEAKER
A. Michael Spence is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Philip H. Knight Professor and Dean, Emeritus, at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. He is the chairman of an independent Commission on Growth and Development, created in 2006 and focused on growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.

In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his contributions to the analysis of markets with asymmetric information. He received the John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association awarded to economists under 40. He is currently the chairman of an independent Commission on Growth and Development.

He served as Philip H. Knight Professor and dean of the Stanford Business School from 1990 to 1999. As dean, he oversaw the finances, organization, and educational policies of the school. He taught at Stanford as an associate professor of economics from 1973 to 1975.


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