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“When you link together economics, spatial planning, policy and politics, you can make real headway.”

An interview with Netspar Thesis Award winner Wendy van Kessel It was not necessarily an obvious choice for a student of architecture and urban planning to submit her thesis to Netspar. “I just happened upon Netspar and the thesis awards by chance,” says winner Wendy van Kessel. “But the topic of my thesis had many areas that overlap with retirement financing. My research was…

Netspar papers on projected interest rates in dc schemes

The new Dutch legislation for DC pensions, which makes it possible to take investment risk in the retirement phases of DC schemes, went into effect on September 1, 2016. Netspar has written several reports for the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW) related to this legislation. The most recent report was published by the ministry on December 15, 2016. Netspar researchers also…

The added value of sharing risk with future generations

Reading tips In addition, the following underlying papers, referenced to in the report, are also made accessible (in alphabetical order): Bonenkamp, J., L. Frehen en J. de Haan (2016), “De toegevoegde waarde van intergenerationele risicodeling bezien vanuit het ALM perspectief” Bovenberg A.L. (2016), “Beleggen voor geboorte en risicodeling met de toekomst: een analytische benadering” Lever M. en T. Michielsen (2016a), “Risk sharing in individual…

Netspar Brief 7: Self-employed fail to fulfil their pension ambitions

When it comes to the amount of pension and the desired retirement date, self-employed and wage-employed people share the same ambitions. However, a Netspar analysis shows that the self-employed often lack, for a large part, a mandatory occupational pension. Also they save too little voluntarily, have non-substantial business equity and are vulnerable in the housing market. Therefore, they have a far lesser chance of...

Netspar Brief 6 – New rules for pension communication in practice

From July 1, 2016, a new layered model for pension communication (‘Pension 1-2-3’) is mandatory for pension funds and insurers. This model should help to make the complex and comprehensive pension information easily accessible for participants. Does the current implementation meet the demands? Researchers Leo Lentz and Henk Pander Maat (both UU) analysed the websites of the 20 largest pension funds in the Netherlands…

Netspar lecture at the 2016 Annual ESPAnet Conference

This year’s Annual ESPAnet Conference in Rotterdam is sponsored by Netspar. On September 2, from 15.00 until 16.15, Netspar organizes a plenary panel titled ‘The future of pensions in Europe’. Netspar researcher Romke van der Veen (EUR) will chair this session; Casper van Ewijk (General Director Netspar) and Bernhard Ebbinghaus (University of Mannheim) are panel members; speakers are Kees Goudswaard (Leiden University) and Ellen Immergut…

Netspar Annual report 2015

The Netspar 2015 Annual Report is now available on our website. In addition to the financial report, it contains reviews by the Supervisory Board and the Netspar Board of Directors. We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who helped Netspar make a valuable contribution to a well-informed pension debate.

Netspar Newsflash June 2016

In this month´s newsletter: read more about our new website, call for papers Pension Day and the successful conference ‘End Game Toward a New Pension System’ that took place on June 16. Also you can download the latest papers en see events that take place the coming months.

Report on Assumed Interest Rates Sent to Dutch Parliament

At the request of the Dutch State Secretary of Social Affairs, Lans Bovenberg, Theo Nijman, and Bas Werker have outlined the advantages and disadvantages of various implementations of the assumed interest rate for the new Improved Defined Contribution Scheme Act (wet Verbeterde Premieregeling).

Netspar Brief: Pension Freedom of Choice

The desired freedom of choice in pensions is much smaller than polls suggest. How much freedom of choice workers should get, is important in the ongoing debate about the development of the Dutch pension system.

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