Anthony Randazzo is a senior fellow at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.
His research portfolio is regularly evolving, and he maintains a wide interest in economic policy at both a domestic and international level.
Randazzo is also managing director of the Pension Integrity Project, which provides technical assistance to public sector retirement system stakeholders who are seeking to prevent pension plan insolvency. His research focus on the national public sector pension crisis has a dual focus of identifying the systemic factors that cause public officials to underfund pension obligations as well as studying the processes by which meaningful pension reform can be accomplished. Within the Project he leads the analytics team that develops independent, third party actuarial analysis to stakeholders considering changes to public sector retirement systems.
In addition, Randazzo writes about the moral foundations of economic theory, and is currently developing research on the ways that the moral intuitions of economists influence their substantive findings on topics like income inequality, immigration, or labor policy.
Randazzo's work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Barron's, Bloomberg View, The Washington Times, The Detroit News, Chicago Sun-Times, Orange-County Register, RealClearMarkets, Reason magazine and various other online and print publications.
During his tenure at Reason he has published substantive research on housing finance, financial services regulation, and various other aspects of economic policy at the federal level. And he has written regularly on labor economics, tax policy, privatization, and Turkish-U.S. political and economic issues.
Randazzo has also testified before numerous state and local legislative bodies on pension policy matters, as well as before the House Financial Services Committee on topics related to housing policy and government-sponsored enterprises.
He holds a multidisciplinary M.A. in behavioral political economy from New York University.
Best practices for pension debt amortization
Amortization policy is at the core of the successful elimination of pension debt.
Reflections on Michigan’s Ongoing Pension Reform Project
The state of Michigan has continued its pattern of being a trend setter on pension reform.
Colorado Adopts Significant Pension Changes for All Public Employees
In SB200, the Colorado Legislature has enacted meaningful improvements to the state’s pension system, which will lead PERA to a considerably improved long-term position.
Evaluating Solutions for Austin’s Billion Dollar Pension Crisis
COAERS’s fiscal deterioration is evident, and the causes are many, such as subpar investment returns, failing to properly anticipate how long workers would stay in the system, and mortality assumptions.
Despite Poor Process, Kentucky Enacts Meaningful Pension Plan Design, Funding Policy Reforms
The bill constitutes a significant improvement overall, with meaningful risk reduction and better funding policy across Kentucky’s various retirement plans.
Colorado PERA’s Defined Benefit Pension Funds are Facing Insolvency
Testimony before the Colorado Senate Finance Committee, March 2018
Michigan Enacts Nation-Leading Pension, Retiree Health Care Funding and Transparency Standards for Local Governments
This is a model other states should consider adopting to better manage the threat of pension and retiree health care insolvency at the local level.
Michigan Municipalities Face a Retirement Benefit Crisis
There is a serious need for Michigan to address its local OPEB and pension debt