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25th Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers

When: 6th and 7th July, 2017

Where: Colombo Theatre, UNSW Sydney


The Colloquium, co-hosted by CEPAR and the School of Risk & Actuarial Studies in the UNSW Business School, is a unique annual event, bringing together academics, government and industry to discuss the current important pension and superannuation issues. It will feature keynote sessions and plenary sessions with concurrent contributed papers.

International contributions are welcome. Young researchers, especially PhD students, are encouraged to submit. This year we will be running a competition for ‘Best Presentation by a PhD Student’, the winner will receive a cash prize.

It is now 25 years since the introduction of Australia’s superannuation guarantee and over this period many other countries have introduced pension reforms which have involved a greater emphasis on private provision. It is therefore an appropriate time to reflect on the equity, sustainability and adequacy of retirement income arrangements, both in Australia and internationally.

In the interest of highlighting these issues we specifically invite submissions on the following topics:

  • Intra- and intergenerational equity
  • Retirement saving adequacy
  • Public pensions, health costs and aged care costs
  • Sustainable fiscal policy
  • Taxation of superannuation and pensions
  • The labour market for older workers
  • Longevity and healthy life expectancy
  • Retirement benefits, demand and design
  • Retirement planning
  • Demographic trends

Contributions are also welcome on other topics, which may include but are not limited to:

  • Lifecycle behaviour
  • Choice architecture and defaults
  • Financial product disclosure
  • Financial literacy, financial education and financial advice
  • Cognition
  • Governance of superannuation and pension funds
  • The superannuation/pensions industry
  • Regulation of superannuation and pensions
  • Investment strategies

Expressions of interest (in the form of an extended abstract or complete paper) should be emailed to cepar@unsw.edu.au. The deadline is Wednesday 26th April 2017.

If you would like to discuss a possible presentation, please contact Hazel Bateman on h.bateman@unsw.edu.au.

Online registration is now available here.

You can download the call for papers here.

3rd Annual Workshop on Population Ageing and the Chinese Economy

The Australia-China Population Ageing Hub, in collaboration with the  APRU Population Ageing Research Hub, will host its annual workshop in July at UNSW Sydney. The event will bring together academic experts, policy makers, and industry practitioners to discuss demographic change in China and its implications for policy and business practice. The second day will focus on the research of young scholars working on this topic.

When: 11-12 July 2017

Where: UNSW Business School, Kensington Campus UNSW Sydney

Keynote Presentation

Professor Nicholas Barr, London School of Economics

Nicholas Barr FRSA has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He is Professor of Public Economics at the London School of Economics, the author of numerous articles, and author or editor of over twenty books, including Pension Reform: A Short Guide (with Peter Diamond) (2010, also in Chinese and Spanish). The heart of his work is an exploration of how market failures can both explain and justify the existence of welfare states. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Social Security Review and an Associate Editor of CESifo Economic Studies, the Australian Economic Review and the Journal of the Economics of Ageing.

A full program for day one will be available soon.

ABSTRACTS are invited from young scholars wishing to present their research on Day 2. Travel Bursaries are available to Early Career Researchers (ECR) and students from APRU universities to present at the workshop, valued at:

$500AUD for Australian based ECRs and student participants

$1200AUD for internationally based ECRs and student participants

A prize of $250AUD will be awarded to the best presentation on day two.

If you are a PhD student or ECR (within 5 years of PhD submission) and wish to present at the workshop please complete this form by 10 May 2017.

Those interested in event attendance only should register by completing this form.

Please submit all presentation and attendance applications to Annabella McHugh.


International Network for Pensions, Aging, and Retirement Research Conference

This will be the second conference of the International Network for Pensions, Aging, and Retirement Research Conference (INPARR)..

When: 21 June, 2017

Where: OECD Headquarters, Paris

More information will be available here in the coming weeks.