Equal rights, but not equal pensions: The gender gap in Dutch second pillar pensions

“No simple solution available to close the gender gap in Dutch occupational pensions”

The Netherlands has one of the highest pension levels in the EU, but also one of the biggest gender pension gaps. Retired women receive more than 40% lower pensions than men. We analyzed the facts and legal measures which could potentially close the gap.

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Key Takeaways for the Industry

  • Ensure that women who consider working less are better informed about the consequences of this decision for their pension income.
  • Improve pension accrual in sectors that employ many women and where the current accrual is relatively sober.


Want to know more?

Read the paper ‘Gelijke rechten, maar geen gelijke pensioenen: De gender gap in Nederlandse tweede pijler pensioenen’ by Suzanne Kali, Jim Been, Marike Knoef en Albert van Marwijk Kooy (Leiden University).

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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