Learning from Other Countries: Recap of the International Pension Workshop ’20

Netspar’s annual international pension conference was just held in Leiden, January 22-24. Over 120 researchers from Italy, France, the United States, Australia, and elsewhere gave academic research presentations from the field of pensions and retirement on such topics as finance, behavior, housing, employment, life expectancy, and freedom of choice.

The aim of this yearly gathering of and for academics is to present research and receive feedback from people working in various countries and disciplines. The IPW is the place to be for researchers to gather information and gain inspiration, learn from other countries, and network with top researchers in the area of pensions, retirement, aging, and the labor market.

Keynote speaker Courtney Coile (Wellesley College) talked about the ongoing, 25-year project she is leading, which is being conducted in 12 countries and explores the impact of pension reforms on the labor market decisions people make.

Jeffrey Robert Brown (University of Illinois at Urbana) discussed the effects of procrastination, the importance of annuities, and the role played by framing in communications for getting people to take action.

We are pleased this year to provide you with a sneak preview of the latest international academic research in pensions and retirement being facilitated and funded by Netspar. Over the next few weeks, we will be posting the presentations online (check tab program). Also, we will be publishing several interviews with the two keynote speakers and some of the other researchers on our homepage and via LinkedIn. The topics are:

  • A model for determining the ideal replacement rate for keeping people financially satisfied and allowing them to maintain their standard of living (Julian Schmied, Max Planck Institute)
  • The role of financial literacy and pension knowledge in labor market behavior (Irene Ferrari, Max Planck Institute)
  • Future plans that are not implemented and the role of time-inconsistent preferences ( Scott Findley, Utah State University)
  • The way our memory fool us and presents investment results as being better than they are in reality, even when we are getting money back. (Paul Smeets, Maastricht University)
  • The role of human values and financial literacy in retirement decisions (Susan Thorp, University of Sidney)
  • The effect of pension seminars on saving behavior (Jan Kabatek, University of Melbourne)

Available papers and slides can be found under the tab ‘Program’

Locatie: Tilburg University Seminar Room K834 Warandelan 2 5037 AB Tilburg

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