Does Mortality Differ Between Public and Private Sector Workers?

by , and


The brief’s key findings are:

  • In projecting pension costs, state and local plans assume their workers will live longer than private sector workers. Is this assumption accurate and, if so, why?
  • The analysis confirms that public sector workers – particularly women – have lower mortality rates than their private sector counterparts.
  • The question is whether lower mortality reflects the nature of the job or the nature of the workers.
  • The answer is the workers – specifically their education levels.  Controlling for education, the gap between public and private workers disappears.

Would you like to take a short survey about the Public Plans Data website?

Yes, take me to it.       No, thanks.      Not now, but ask me later.

Step 1 of 2