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The Future of Pensions: Reforms and their Consequences

Event date
Friday, 11 December, 2015
Event time
10:00 to 17:15
Event Type
In-person event
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The National Institute of Economic and Social Research invites you to a conference with academics and policy makers on the future of pensions in the UK and the international context.

  • Dr Chiara Rosazza Bondibene (NIESR) will be organising the event, alongside guest co-organisers:
  • Prof Richard Disney (University of Sussex)
  • Prof Peter Dolton (University of Sussex)
  • Prof Alexander Danzer (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt).

Date:     Friday 11 December 2015

Time:    10.00 am – 5.15 pm

Venue:  NIESR, 2 Dean Trench Street, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HE



9.30 am

Registration & coffee

10.00 am


Session 1


10.10 am

The Evolution of UK Pensions: an Economic Analysis


Richard Disney (University of Sussex)


10.35 am

Pension Policy in Practice


Steven Webb (former Minister of State for Pensions)

11.00 am

Provision in Germany: One Pillar Crumbling, the Other too Short


Martin Werding (Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum and CESifo Research Network)

11.25 am


11.40 am

Tea & coffee

Session 2


12.00 pm

Who Wins? Evaluating the Impact of Public Sector Pension Reforms across UK Occupations


Alexander Danzer (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt), Peter Dolton (University of Sussex) and Chiara Rosazza Bondibene (NIESR)

12.25 pm

Workplace Pensions and Remuneration in the Public and Private Sectors in the UK


Jonathan Cribb (Institute for Fiscal Studies) and Carl Emmerson (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

12.50 pm


1.00 pm


Session 3


1.45 pm

Policy Uncertainty and Pension Reform: the Role of Expectations


Emanuele Ciani (Bank of Italy), Adeline Delavande (ISER), Ben Etheridge (University of Essex), Marco Francesconi (University of Essex)

2.10 pm

Linking Retirement Age and Life Expectancy in a Bismarckian System: Effects on the German Pension Insurance


Valentin Vogt (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt), Jörg Althammer (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)

2.35 pm

Pension Incentives and the Retirement Decisions of Couples


Kadir Atalay (University of Sydney), Garry Barrett (University of Sydney)



3.15 pm

Tea & coffee

Session 4


3.35 pm

Annuities and Uncertain Survival Rates


Martin Weale (Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England and NIESR)

4.00 pm

Effect of Reforms to Compulsion on Annuity Demand


Edmund Cannon (University of Bristol) Ian Tonks (University of Bath) Rob Yuille (Association of British Insurers)

4.25 pm

Swimming against the Tide? Liberalising Annuitisation Requirements for Defined Contribution Pensions in the UK


Gemma Tetlow (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

4.50 pm


5.05 pm

Overview of the day

5.15 pm



Places are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment. To RSVP and for any enquiries, please contact Luca Pieri at NIESR:  l.pieri [at] niesr.ac.uk  +44(0) 20 7654 1931

A Summary of the Papers and Speakers' Bios can be found here: 

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11 December 2015
10:00 - 17:15


In-person event