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Standard Method for Calculating Market Value of Pension Entitlements

To facilitate the transition to a new pension contract, the Dutch cabinet wants to make it possible to combine pension rights already accrued with the amounts to be accrued under the new pension contract. At the behest of the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW), Netspar researched the possibility of adopting a uniform method for converting any presently accrued pension rights to…

Private insurance for elderly care: no growth without better communication and customization

Due to aging, private insurance for long-term care and annuities are likely to become more important. Up to now, however, interest in such products has been very limited and less than might be expected. Negative selection due to health and longevity inequalities is seen as an important cause of this; if people with an increased risk profile in particular insure themselves, the premiums increase…

Pension system solidarity: young ones and elderly people prefer to share with their own age group

Is the solidarity in the Dutch pension system at jeopardy? A Netspar study by researchers at Maastricht University shows that, on average, people have a strong preference for solidarity, but there is a great deal of heterogeneity. The preference for solidarity is greatest among women and people with a high education. Both young people and the elderly have a strong preference for solidarity with…

Part-time retirement is no panacea for working longer

The interest in part-time retirement is high among broad sections of the population and is rising as the basic retirement age rises. Many people work longer if they can make use of a part-time pension. However, about the same amount of people see part-time retirement as a means to stop working earlier (part-time). The level of the part-time pension and the wage for the…

International research: two new comparative research grants awarded

The Netspar board of directors has awarded two new comparative research grants. The aim of this international comparative research is to learn from abroad and thus contribute to the Dutch pension debate. CRG applications are assessed by the program coordinators. With their recommendations, the following two projects have been awarded: Private pension annuities out of savings or housing wealth? A comparative study of Italy…

HR policy plays important role in preventing early exit of elderly employees with health problems

Promoting social cohesion in the workplace and increasing self-esteem and perseverance at work reduces the chance that employees with health problems will drop out early. The same applies to a greater variation in work activities and to minimizing repetitive movements at work. Employees with health problems who provide informal care are also more inclined to drop out early. Further research should show whether they…

Employers better at facilitating working longer

Between 2009 and 2017, employers started to become more concerned about the rising costs and potentially falling productivity of older employees. At the same time, they have also become much more active in taking measures to support older employees in working longer, such as flexible working hours and ergonomic measures. There is a growing sense of urgency to facilitate a longer work life. Employers…

Tailoring in pension communication is still in its infancy

Tailoring in pension communication may help to increase the motivation of pension participants to delve into their pension situation and to improve finding and comprehending pension information. This is a general view in the pension domain, although in daily practice few examples of tailoring pension information can be found. There are some experimental innovations, but there is a lack of systematic evaluation. Tailoring is…

Pension Administrator MN Joins Netspar as a Partner

Netspar welcomes pension administrator MN as a partner. In size, MN is the third pension administration organization in the Netherlands. MN takes care of the pension management (administration and asset management) of the PMT, PME and Bpf Koopvaardij pension funds, with a total of 2 million participants and invested assets of more than € 130 billion. With the partnership with MN, Netspar is expanding…

Review on lecture by Cass Sunstein – How Change Happens

On June 3, Harvard professor Cass Sunstein gave a lecture at the invitation of Netspar and Tilburg University about one of his books published this year: “How Change Happens”. In addition to academic expertise, Sunstein also has political experience, namely as an adviser to Barack Obama. He used that position to take into account the power of the standard choice in policy: what you…

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