Solidarity buffer and solidarity preferences

“Social preferences reflect altruism, reciprocity and self-interest”

With the introduction of the new Dutch pension contract, many industry-wide pension funds opt for the solidarity contribution scheme that gives a prominent role to the joint buffer (solidarity reserve). However, to what extent do participants support this buffer and do social preferences in that support exist? We investigated this in a representative survey of participants in the 38 largest sector pension funds.




• Funds should consider the social preferences among their participants when setting up and providing information about buffer rules.
• If many participants focus on their own interests and reciprocity, funds could appeal to this selfinterest by underlining that the buffer works both ways. In the currently chosen interpretation this is often not the case.
• More funds could focus on the buffer helping others during setbacks.

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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