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The pension perspective of basic jobs

“Funding issues most important stumbling block for future basic jobs” Various Dutch municipalities are experimenting with basic jobs on a pilot basis. Basic jobs are forms of non-regular paid work for people on social assistance benefits who are not expected to get a job on the regular labour market but do not belong to the target group of sheltered employment either. Several political parties…

Videoserie: Iedereen een eerlijk pensioen? – deel 2 (pensioenvermogens en indexatie)

Deze video gaat over Pensioenvermogens & indexatie en is onderdeel van de videoserie Iedereen een eerlijk pensioen? De video komt voort uit het Netspar evenement Boomers, millennials & generatie Z: iedereen een eerlijk pensioen?     Nederland, Tilburg , 20-06-17 Foto Annemiek Mommers Econoom Casper van Ewijk, universiteit Tilburg Foto Annemiek Mommers +31651604830 Dirk Bezemer Casper van Ewijk Deze aflevering gaat over pensioenvermogens…

A comparison of pension-relevant preferences, traits, skills, and attitudes between the Dutch self-employed and employees

“The Self-employed are a diverse group but also show similarities with employees” The group of self-employed persons in the Netherlands is diverse and growing. Meeting their pension needs requires knowledge of their pension-related characteristics and how these differ from employees. This extensive exploratory analysis looks at three categories of self-employed, namely solo self-employed, self-employed with personnel, and owner-manager. It compared them with employees as…

Visual communication of uncertain pension outcomes

“Clear visual representations of uncertainty remain a challenge” In the new Dutch pension system, pension organisations need to inform participants that the pension outcome is uncertain. Visual metaphors are frequently used to convey this complex message. Unfortunately, participants often misinterpret the intended message because the visual representation fails to convey the metaphor with sufficient clarity. We therefore compared the navigation visualisation currently used in…

Marike Knoef appointed dean of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management

The Executive Board of Tilburg University has appointed Prof. Dr. Marike Knoef dean of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management. She will take up her new position on February 1, 2023, succeeding interim dean Prof. Dr. Lex Meijdam. Knoef is currently the general director of Netspar. She also serves as the Professor of Empirical Microeconomics at Leiden University and is a deputy Crown…

Trust and Distrust in Pension Institutions in Times of Decline and Reform

“Funding ratio is a significant driver of trust in pension funds” Participants’ trust in pension intstitutions (pension funds and government) is crucial because pension providers try to fulfil their pension promises in a fundamentally uncertain world. Therefore, buffers are necessary to cover shocks, like the Great Recession, in order to make good on those promises. But, do shocks to financial buffers, like the funding…

Payment effects and cost-covering premiums in the new surviving dependants’ pension

“New proposals will lead to additional DP income for low-income groups” If proposals in the new Future of Pensions Act (Wtp) are accepted, surviving dependants’ pensions (DP) will radically change in the Netherlands. The diverse range of schemes currently on offer will be standardised, thereby improving transparency. This study considers the impact of the proposed changes on DP payments and cost covering premiums and…

Are NDC pension plans a useful alternative for the Netherlands?

“Exploring options for strengthening pensions for everybody” Eroding participation in mandatory pension plans and the reduced scope of intergenerational risk sharing are two problems for which a non-financial defined contribution (NDC) system, also known as a notional DC scheme, can provide a solution. This paper explores the possible implementation of several variants of NDC’s. It also discusses other alternative solutions. Read one pager  …

Personal life events and individual risk preferences

“Marriage, parenthood and work influence risk preferences” Measuring risk preferences plays an important role in the Future Pensions Act. The financial industry and policymakers often implicitly assume that a person’s risk preferences remain stable over time. However, personal life events could seriously impact these preferences. Therefore this study investigated whether personal changes in marital status, parenthood and employment are associated with changes in risk…

How do pension funds involve their participants in their socially responsible investment policy?

“There is no one size fits all approach” Pension funds are making real strides forward with socially responsible investing (SRI). This is due to a growing emphasis on environmental, social and governance factors in legislation and wider initiatives such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Pension fund boards must consider numerous factors when formulating their SRI policy. So how do they ensure that their…

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