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An Analysis of Risk-Taking Behavior for Public Defined Benefit Pension Plans
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Feb. 17, 2012
[G]overnment accounting standards strongly affect public fund investment risk ... Unlike private pension plans, public funds undertake more risk if they are underfunded and have lower investment returns in the previous years ... pension funds in states facing financial constraints allocate more assets to equity ... [also] a change in CalPERS portfolio beta or equity allocation is mimicked by other pension funds. Finally, the results offer mild support of a public union effect.

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