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Review Netspar Anniversary Meeting: Retirement and the Journey from Product to Person

Social changes in terms of life expectancy, the labor market, technology, and greater individual responsibility for financial and other decisions are forcing the pension industry to transition from focusing on products to focusing on individuals. Meanwhile, meeting individual needs can also produce considerable economic gains, as Casper van Ewijk argued in his introduction to the 14th Netspar Anniversary Meeting. After all, a euro given…

Training participation of older employees lags behind- Lack of motivation or age discrimination?

Older employees are looking forward to an increasingly longer career. Investing in lifelong learning is in their own interest and that of their employers. Training participation of Dutch employees, however, decreases with increasing age. This is partly due to the declining motivation of older employees. But companies also usually invest less in employees from 45 years. Age discrimination may play a role: employers expect…

Netspar report on Integrated Personal Financial Planning: eight components for more individual action perspective

Although almost half of the Dutch are worried about their future finances, it is difficult to get people to immerse themselves in their financial situation. The people who want to do so find that data is stored in a fragmented way and, moreover, is difficult to collect, organize and understand. In this Netspar report, researchers from TU Delft analyzed what it takes to remove…

Giving with a warm hand: bequest motive plays an important role in the saving behavior of the elderly

A final trip around the world, or leave some money to your loved ones? The authors of this study find that individuals who die from a terminal illness have much less wealth on their day of death than people who die unexpectedly. They interpret this as a strong indication that the desire to give money to loved ones – with a warm hand –…

Netspar project group report: Bottlenecks and policy options for flexible retirement

Working longer leads to much discussion. It improves the sustainability of public finances, but not all people are able to work until they reach the state pension age. More flexibility in the transition from working life to retirement can have positive effects on health, (work) satisfaction and sustainable employability. The Netspar project group “Flexible retirement” (Flexibel met pensioen) analyzed the options and bottlenecks for…

Pensions in Transition: New Netspar Program Off the Ground

Netspar has secured funding for a new program term and is launching an ambitious research agenda for 2019-2023 – “Netspar NexT” – with the support of its partners. The new program will highlight three core themes affecting old age, pensions, and retirement in the Netherlands: the transition to a new Pension Agreement, the ongoing development of financial life cycle planning, and forecasts regarding the…

Netspar thesis awards granted: excellent contributions to Netspar research program

Netspar congratulates the winners of the Netspar thesis awards 2019: Lu Yi, Marianne Tenand and Tias contenders Maarten de Haas, Steven Jonk, Herialt Mens and Semih Eski. The prizes of € 3.000 each were awarded during the annual International Pension Workshop to outstanding master, phd and Tias theses within the Netspar research program. All nominated papers were assessed on academic quality, relevance to the…

New Research Funded: Theme Projects on Inertia and Understanding and Improving Saving Behavior

The Netspar Board of Directors recently awarded two theme project applications grants of €250,000 each, following scientific validation by the Scientific Council and a positive recommendation by the Partner Research Council. This brings the total awarded to long-term research in 2019 to 1 million euros. About the research: Developing and Testing a Model of Inertia in Retirement Decisions It is well known that most…

Review of the Thematic Conference on the Changing World of Pensions, Financial Planning, and Choice Architecture

To what extent does the existing pension system still fit organically into our changing society? As individual responsibility and risk assumption grow, it is almost impossible to avoid having to offer more options. Yet this raises the question of what role customization and freedom of choice might play in providing people optimized financial planning for their entire life course. What is the potential impact…

New Theme Projects: €500,000 Awarded for Three-year Research Projects

The Netspar Board of Directors recently awarded grants of €250,000 each to two applications for theme projects, following scientific validation by the Scientific Council and a positive recommendation by the Partner Research Council: The Causes and Consequences of Retirement: A Sociological Perspective (Kène Henkens, NIDI) The Effectiveness of Decision Aids in Pension Communications and the Role of Literacy (Hans Hoeken, Leo Lentz, and Adriaan…

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