Trust in parties in the Dutch pension field

“Pension participants must be able to trust parties that communicate with them.”

Often pension providers, employers or the government inform participants and support them in making pension decisions. This involves complex matter, which means participants must be able to trust those parties. In this paper, we conducted 46 in-depth interviews with participants, consultants and advisors to identify different factors underlying trust that play a role for the various parties. In doing so, we looked at four different dimensions: Communication, Congruence, Character-Competence and Context.



Key Takeaways for the Industry
• Pension participants must be able to trust pension providers, employers and the government, because these parties communicate with them about pensions and making pension decisions.
• Negative experiences from the past can have consequences for trust in the future.
• Transparency about costs and investments, (low-threshold) personal contact with a consultant or advisor, and more knowledge with the employer, can contribute to increasing that trust.

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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