Macro Longevity Risk under the New Dutch Pension Deal

  • Dominique Bavelaar Dominique Bavelaar

After months of negotiation, years of political tension and decades of interdisciplinary research, the Dutch
social partners agreed on a pension system reform. The resulting proposed contract allows for more risk
taking – in its broadest sense- in employer funded pension plans on an individual level than before. This
suggested design, though, comes with challenges on how to allocate the longevity and financial risks among
all pension fund participants. I investigate, given this new contract, the implications of systematic longevity
risk in the Dutch population on the financial position of pension funds and, consequently, on pension rights of
both workers as well as pensioners. After quantifying this risk, I propose a practically feasible way to deal
with the faced macro longevity risk using a fund-wide buffer. I find that an adequate buffer policy may help
coping with macro longevity risk within a fund.

Keywords: Macro longevity risk, Solidarity, Variable annuities, Pension systems, Buffers

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