Online After Lunch Taskforce Meeting: Shocks to Occupational Pensions and Household Savings

Netspar organizes this online After Lunch Taskforce Meeting for partners and employees of partners. Researchers will outline their latest retirement research and then receive feedback and answer questions. It is just another way we bring science, academics, and professional practice closer together.

In this online After Lunch Taskforce Meeting by Irene Simonetti (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) you will hear more about the saving response of households to shocks to the capital position of pension funds. Questions and input on this ongoing research are most welcome. This is a English-speaking event.

This research is being conducted together with Francesco Caloia en Mauro Mastrogiacomo (both DNB).

This paper studies the saving response of households to shocks to the capital position of pension funds. Using survey panel data matched to supervisory data of occupational pension funds in the Netherlands, for a period covering three major economic crises, we provide evidence of the increase in savings driven by a deterioration in the financial position of pension funds. The identification strategy exploits cross-sectional and time variation in the funding ratios of pension funds, which are exogenous shocks to the pension wealth of pension fund members as they result from asset price corrections and asset allocations over which members have no direct control. We show significant saving responses to general changes in the funding ratios, as well as to direct shocks to pension funds such as in the event of a funding deficit, a stop to conditional indexation, and a pension curtailment. The change in savings is concentrated among workers of pension funds with historically lower returns.

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

Netspar, Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a thinktank and knowledge network. Netspar is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pensions, aging and retirement in the Netherlands and Europe.

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