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The reason pre-tax comes out better is that tax savings on the 403b contributions are at your marginal rate (i.e. 28%), while the taxes you pay in the future will be at your average tax rate (probably around 20%).

This, too, has to be considered on an individual basis. In my case, it looks like my Oregon PERS distributions will be enough to keep me in the 28% federal tax bracket, so the choice becomes paying taxes at my marginal tax rate now (Roth IRA) or paying at my marginal tax rate when I retire (403(b)).
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