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Wednesday, August 4 • 9:00am - 10:30am
6B2 Multiemployer Defined Benefit Pension Plans: Funding Rules and Employer Withdrawals

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Xuesong You, Temple University ;Tianxiang Shi, Temple University

This paper estimates the effect of funding rules on employer withdrawals from multiemployer pension plans. The funding rules introduced by the Pension Protection Act of 2006 maintain that a multiemployer pension plan with a funded percentage of less than 80% must take corrective actions to improve financial health. We exploit the cutoff and use a regression discontinuity design. We find that multiemployer pension plans subject to funding rule requirements are about 12 percentage points more likely to experience employer withdrawals.


Lisa Posey

Penn State University


Xuesong (Song) You

PhD Candidate, Temple University

Tianxiang Shi

Temple University

Wednesday August 4, 2021 9:00am - 10:30am EDT

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