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New research: the effect of a rising pension age on disability levels

With a future state pension age of 70, the proportion of people unfit for work among future 65- to 69-year olds is likely to be somewhat higher than among the current 60-64 year olds. However, this increase is expected to remain limited. On the basis of national and international literature, the development of the healthy life expectancy seems to follow the development of the…

Flexibility in pension benefits offers advantages

A more flexible interpretation of pension benefits offers advantages. People who are limited in their financial choices benefit most from schemes that help to better attune pension income to to their personal life situation. Opposite these advantages are disadvantages that somewhat limit the gains of more flexibility. More flexibility can lead people to bad financial choices more quickly. This is shown by a Netspar…

Interview: “Investment Policy could be better aligned with what people want to achieve for themselves in terms of their Pensions.”

In pension and retirement plans, the investment and other risks are borne by participants. It is therefore in their best interests to have the investment policies designed to accommodate hard-to-predict yields, along with risks and uncertainties related to such variables as share prices and interest rates. Over the next few years, Netspar will be investing in research into the best investment policy in an…

NWO grants Industrial Doctorate funding to Netspar researcher Jorgo Goossens for pension research

NWO funds sixteen PhD students through the Industrial Doctorates programme. Jorgo Goossens is one of them, a PhD student at Netspar and the Tilburg School of Economics and Management (TiSEM). Bas Werker (TiU), Marike Knoef (LU) and Eduard Ponds (TiU/APG) will supervise the research titled ‘Behavioral biases and individual heterogenity in pensions: Household Asset Liability Management’. The project studies how, when given more freedom…

Call for submissions: Netspar Thesis Awards 2018

Netspar awards three prizes of each € 3,000 for outstanding theses related to the financing of old age and aging, in the following categories: Master/Research Master Thesis PhD thesis (dissertation) Final assignment Netspar TIAS Academy Nominations for the thesis awards can be submitted by students themselves and/or graduation supervisors, including from the sector. The deadline for delivery is 16 October 2018 at 12.00. The Editorial Board selects…

Pension in transition – Netspar Annual Report 2017 published

We are pleased to present our annual report outlining everything Netspar accomplished and focused on last year. Examples include information on pensions for the elections and cabinet formation, the survivors pension, the cost of eliminating uniform contributions, and greater flexibility in social security. The annual financial report will be published as soon as the annual figures are released by Tilburg University for publication. Highlights…

Comparative Research Grants Awarded

Lessons from other countries can be valuable for the Dutch pension debate. The purpose of Netspar’s Comparative Research Grants is to compare regulations and product options in different countries and relate these to the academic literature. We received seven applications, which were evaluated by the program coordinators. The Netspar Board of Directors has now adopted the recommendations of the program coordinators and awarded the…

Nieuw beleidsgericht onderzoek: Topicality projecten 2018

De Partner Research Council heeft de kortlopende, beleidsgerichte projecten voor 2018 geprioriteerd. In deze zogeheten Topicality projecten werken sector en wetenschap nauw samen op actuele (pensioen)onderwerpen. De Netspar-directie heeft het advies van de PRC overgenomen. Inmiddels zijn de trekkers bekend van de volgende projecten: Waarderingskader voor rechten in een uitkeringsovereenkomst, Theo Nijman, Bas Werker en Lans Bovenberg (TiU) Vormgeving en realisatie opting-outsystematiek, Jona Linde…

Interview Partner Evaluation Commission: “Netspar Evaluated Positively Across the Board”

A commission headed by Harman Korte evaluated Netspar on behalf of its partners. This included a review of the results achieved under the 2015-2019 Action Plan, as well as looking forward toward the aims for the 2019-2023 Action Plan. The commission issued three main recommendations for the 2019-2023 Action Plan: Safeguard the independent identity of Netspar and present a range of visions for consideration….

Netspar Pleased to Welcome PGB Pension Fund as a New Partner

Per direct, PGB Pension Fund will join Netspar as a new partner, strengthening our network. This also furthers our aim of coming into more direct contact with pension fund managers. Jochem Dijckmeester, board member at PGB Pension Fund, says, “We think it’s important to share knowledge. Through our connection to Netspar, we become quickly informed of new, innovative ideas about pensions that could be…

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