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Post-Retirement Adjustments in Defined Benefit Pensions
Charles Brown
WP 2010-242

  • While annual inflation rates have been relatively low since 1992, those receiving fixed monthly pensions would have experienced a one-third reduction in the value of their pension benefits over this period.
  • Annual increases in pension benefits reported by HRS respondents between 1994 and 2008 amount to about one-third of the increase in the Consumer Price Index.
  • The increases are concentrated among respondents who report that their benefits are adjusted for inflation.
  • They are larger for workers in public administration than in other industries.