The conservative Hoover Institution at Stanford University is firing up an online, eight-week class on retirement finance, including a look at public pension systems.
"Finance of Retirement and Pensions," starts Monday. Joshua Rauh, a Hoover senior fellow and professor of finance at the university's Graduate School of Business, is teaching it. The course is free.
Stanford spokeswoman Katie Pandes said as of Friday some 20,000 people had signed up.
In January, the class culminates in a symposium titled "Innovative Ideas for the Future of U.S. Public Sector Pensions," to be held at the Stanford business school, according to a university press release. Click here for more information
The course -- and the publicity it brings -- is starting just as San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is pushing to put a public pension initiative on the 2014 ballot.
Stanford has become a center of pro-pension-change thinking in the last few years. The university's Institute for Economic Policy Research has issued controversial assessments of California's public pension-system debt at the state and local levels. David Crane, former GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's pension point man, is a research scholar at the economic policy institute.
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