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Which work conditions can encourage older workers to work overtime?

“Increasing pressure to work overtime needs to be met with favourable working conditions” Substantial parts of the workforce in industrialised countries work long hours with increasing overtime. This helps to solve the labour shortages caused by early retirement and an ageing work population. However, a balance should be struck between job demands and the need for workers to remain employable until retirement. Therefore how…

Annette Mosman appointed to the Netspar Supervisory Board

The Netspar Foundation Board has appointed Annette Mosman to the Supervisory Board with effect from 1 May 2021. This appointment contributes to the connection between science, policy and pension providing that is so important to the Netspar research network.   Wouter Bos (Chairman of the Supervisory Board): “We are delighted with this reinforcement of our Supervisory Board. Annette Mosman has extensive experience in the…

Knowledge of the pension system makes a positive contribution to labor participation by the elderly

Interview with Irene Ferrari (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice) In recent decades, most Western countries have dealt with different social security and pension reforms. The success of these reforms is largely related to the way in which people adjust their behavior, for example by working longer. “But knowledge is power: what you don’t know can’t help you,” said Irene Ferrari (Ca’ Foscari University of…

Life years lost due to COVID-19 mortality

“Substantial number of life years lost but impact on long-term life expectancy limited” This study sought to provide more clarity about the number of life years lost due to COVID-19 mortality and its effect on future life expectancy. That is difficult to measure because it depends on the still uncertain relation between Covid-19 mortality and other health problems. We therefore developed three scenarios: (1)…

Variable annuities with financial risk and longevity risk in the decumulation phase of Dutch DC products

“Exploring the risks and benefits of variable pension products to facilitate pension choices” Guaranteed pension products are increasingly unsustainable and so alternatives are being sought. Dutch defined contribution schemes allow investment risks to be taken during retirement. Such variable annuity products can yield a higher first pension payment compared to a fixed annuity product without equity exposure, but carry the risk of an uncertain…

Interview Giovanna Nicodano: Life-cycle Risk-Taking with Personal Disaster Risk

“Long term unemployment should be taken into account for investment portfolio composition” The younger you are, the more risky your assets, is the generally accepted idea around pension investments. After all, young people can compensate risks with many years of work. But what if they can’t? Giovanna Nicodano (Collegio Carlo Alberto, Universita’ di Torino) et al. analyzed what it means when young people consider…

Looking ahead: time preferences, saving behavior and retirement

“Working on a reliable model to predict the impact of policy changes for different groups” How do households make life cycle decisions, what is the impact of different risks during the lifetime and how does this affect the way people respond to policy changes? All these factors come together in the economic life cycle model that Max Groneck (RUG) and others are working on….

Prize-winning Master’s thesis: redistribution of wealth reinforced by the use of long-term care

“Differences in the use of nursing home care increase the wealth gap between older people with high and low socio-economic status.” Socio-economic differences between households have a major impact on life expectancy, healthy life expectancy, and prosperity in later life. Inequalities in life expectancy and the need for long-term care result in a redistribution of wealth at a more advanced age: people with higher…

Supporting pension participants: Three lessons learned from the medical domain for better pension decisions

“Research on how patients make medical decisions can simplify and improve pension decisions” Pension participants have to make complex decisions based on information they struggle to understand: multiple alternatives that have positive and negative outcomes with differing likelihoods and that involve different values. Patients often face similarly complex treatment decisions. Much research has been done into how patients can best be supported in that…

Risk Sharing within Pension Schemes

“Buffer fund optimises risk sharing and mitigates downside risk” Many countries are reforming their pension systems to facilitate economic and demographic changes. New systems seek to mitigate risks by allocating surpluses to a buffer fund that smooths fluctuations in investment returns and between pension generations. This paper explores optimal risk sharing and assesses the welfare effects of the current Dutch pension proposal against theoretical…

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