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CEPAR and the School of Risk & Actuarial Studies at UNSW Sydney are seeking speakers to present their research on issues associated with pensions, retirement and/or ageing in the 2022 seminar series. Participation from academics and research students from all universities as well as from researchers in industry and government are welcome. Interested speakers should contact CEPAR Research Fellow Dr Gaoyun (Sophie) Yan.
This multidisciplinary seminar series is hosted with the aim of encouraging interaction between academic researchers from a broad range of disciplines as well as from industry and government. Seminars take place fortnightly, usually on a Monday at noon (UTC+11, Australian Eastern Daylight Time)* and provide an excellent opportunity to network with pensions, ageing and retirement experts from Australia and overseas.
Please contact Gaoyun (Sophie) Yan if you are interested in presenting, participating or would like to be added to the Pensions, Retirement and Ageing Seminar Series mailing list.
View past Pensions, Retirement and Ageing Seminar Series:
A full schedule for 2022 will be available soon.
28 February - Variable Uninsured Life (Value) Annuities: Theory, Practice and Country Cases - William Price and Evan Inglis (D3P Global)
14 March - Gender Effect in Long-term Care: Evidence from China - Yuanyuan Deng (CEPAR, UNSW Sydney)
28 March - Prudential Regulation and Climate Change - Scott Donald (UNSW Sydney)
11 April - Better Educated Children, Better Internet-Connected Elderly Parents - Dandan Yu (CEPAR, UNSW Sydney)
9 May - Equity-efficiency Trade-offs from (Removing) Superannuation Tax Concessions in a Stochastic OLG Economy - George Kudrna (CEPAR, UNSW Sydney)
23 May - Understanding the Determining Factors of Aged Care Accommodation Payment Choices in Australia - Yuanyuan Gu (Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy)
Date: 28 February 2022
Time: 11.00 am - 12.00 pm for the seminar & 12.00 pm - 12.30 pm for an informal chat with the speaker (Sydney time, GMT+11)
Location: Zoom (please see link below)
Speaker: William Price and Evan Inglis
Affiliation: D3P Global
Abstract: Many national retirement and social security systems lack efficient payout systems that provide true retirement security. Lump-sum payouts force pensioners to manage for themselves. Insured solutions don’t exist everywhere and may be expensive for the income provided where they do. A VALUE (Variable Uninsured Life Annuities) pool pays income to and shares all risk amongst a group of pensioners. The level of income will vary with investment returns and mortality experience. However, changes in income are limited by spreading unexpected investment or mortality results over the future lifetime of all the pool members. Lifetime income solutions like VALUE and other annuities provide more income during retirement than systematic withdrawals. Systematic withdrawals leave money behind in bequests, while annuities pay it to retirees that are still living. VALUE tends to provide more income than insured annuities due to lower costs and more growth-oriented investments. Members of a VALUE pool take on systematic longevity risk which is borne by the insurer with commercial annuities. The research published by the Society of Actuaries takes a practical bent and provides working models for the actuarial aspects of a VALUE pool as well as modeling of outcomes and extensive advice on design, implementation, and regulatory issues.
Date: 14 March 2022
Time: 11 am – 12:30 pm (AEDT)
Speaker: Yuanyuan Deng
Affiliation: CEPAR, UNSW Sydney
Abstract: Population aging causes growing needs for long-term care, especially for older women who live longer. At the same time, most informal caregivers are female. Given the observed benefits of gender matches in health care and education settings, this paper investigates the impact of the same gender effect on health and long-term care outcomes at older ages. Using data from the 2018 wave of the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey, we find that disabled older adults who receive informal care from caregivers of the same gender are more likely to receive adequate long-term care and enjoy better self-reported health compared to those who receive informal care from caregivers of the opposite gender. Our results suggest that the health and long-term care outcomes of older male Chinese could be improved if they received more informal care from male caregivers. Long-term care policies should encourage sons to care for fathers and provide advice and support for male caregivers.
Date: 28 March 2022
Time: 12.00 pm - 1.30 pm (AEDT)
Speaker: Scott Donald
Affiliation: UNSW Sydney
Abstract: Prudential regulators seek to ensure that the institutions (banks, insurers, pension schemes) making financial promises to their customers are capable of meeting those promises. Over time that has caused them to take an increasingly holistic view of the risks faced by those entities, moving from focusing primarily on balance sheet and cashflow risks towards a suite of financial, operational and commercial risks. Attention has moved progressively also to the governance and managerial processes within the entities that are intended to engage with the risks. It should be no surprise, therefore, that risks caused by climate change have emerged over the past decade as requiring concerted attention both from the institutions and the prudential regulators who supervise them. The challenge for both institutions and prudential regulators is to design frameworks and processes that capture and assess the risks from climate change in a way that is tractable, rigorous and capable of integration into their existing frameworks and processes.
This paper maps how the practice of prudential regulation has evolved in recent years across a number of major jurisdictions (Europe, UK, Australia, NZ, Singapore and South Africa) to accommodate the risks from climate change. This has value in its own right. Climate change is perhaps the most urgent existential risks currently facing most modern economies. However, the analysis also provides a compelling case study of how prudential regulation itself needs to be conceived, and in particular its need to be ready continually to address nascent types of risk the dimensions and severity of which emerge only over time.
Title: Better Educated Children, Better Internet-Connected Elderly Parents
Date: 11 April 2022
Time: 12.00-1.00 pm for the seminar & 1.00-1.30 pm for an informal chat with the speaker (Sydney time, GMT+11)
Location: QUAD G026 on the UNSW Kensington Campus AND Zoom
Speaker: Dandan Yu
Affiliation: CEPAR, UNSW Sydney
Abstract: This paper examines how adult children's education affects elderly parents' Internet use. We exploit the arguably exogenous variation in children's years of schooling induced by the enforcement of the compulsory education law around 1986 in China. Using a sample of rural older adults from the China Family Panel Studies, we find that adult children's education increases parents' Internet use via mobile devices. Parents with better-educated children are more likely to use the Internet for study, social, and entertainment activities. We find stronger effects of daughters' education, and fathers or parents with relatively more education reap more benefits from their children's education. We also provide suggestive evidence that more financial support and better cognitive health might help explain the effects of children's education.
Date: 9 May 2022
Time: 12.00-1.00 pm (Sydney Time, GMT+10)
Location: QUAD G026 on the UNSW Kensington Campus AND Zoom
Speaker: George Kudrna
Affiliation: CEPAR, UNSW
Abstract: Tax subsidies to private pensions are common in developed countries. In Australia, the private pension system (known as superannuation) is funded predominantly by mandatory contributions made to private retirement accounts, which are illiquid until older age. Both mandatory contributions and fund investment earnings are taxed at concessional (lower) tax rates, compared to progressive income tax rates, with superannuation drawdowns at older age being generally tax-free. It is now common practice for the government to calculate the cost of superannuation tax concessions, using micro-simulation models (Treasury 2020). Instead, in this paper, I examine superannuation tax concessions, using a stochastic overlapping generations (OLG) model, which accounts for household lifecycle economic behaviour, uncertain labour income and general equilibrium effects. The benchmark model is calibrated to Australia, incorporating a detailed representation of the Australian tax and pension policy, including its existing mandatory superannuation system with subsidised superannuation taxation. The model is then applied to simulate the long run effects of removing superannuation tax concessions, with both superannuation contributions and fund investment earnings included in the income tax base under this no-concessions counterfactual. The key finding is that there are significant equity-efficiency trade-offs from removing superannuation tax concessions, which depend on the government budget-equilibrating policy instrument used. More specifically, the no-concessions counterfactual with the consumption tax adjustment (cut) improves equity (e.g., increasing welfare of low-skill households relative to high-skill households) but worsens economic efficiency (e.g., reducing average welfare, labour supply and output per capita). In contrast, the no-concessions counterfactual with the income tax adjustment (cut) improves economic efficiency but worsens equity in the long run. These trade-offs are shown to become more pronounced in the (future) economy with increased mandatory superannuation contributions and population ageing.
Date: 23 May 2022
Time: 12.00 - 1.00 pm (Sydney/East Coast Australia time zone)
Speaker: Yuanyuan Gu
Affiliation: Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy
Abstract: Choosing a payment type when entering residential aged care in Australia is a complex financial decision. The payment type chosen can impact an aged care resident’s consumption and wealth, and the bequest left to family. It can also impact a provider’s financial sustainability, and its ability to fund care services and capital expenditure. This study aims to investigate how these decisions are made by undertaking both theoretical predictions and empirical analyses. A data set linking two large administrative datasets from the Department of Health as well as data on housing prices from SIRCA is generated, containing rich information regarding the payment choice and potential predictors from 57,508 non-supported residents between 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019. Novel econometric models are adopted to reflect the decision process and extensive interactions are considered to explore choice heterogeneity. We find payment type chosen is largely driven by a resident’s asset amount on entry and the accommodation price they face. It is also driven by the maximum permissible interest rate (MPIR) and housing price movement. However, we have not found strong evidence supporting a previous assumption that residents consider this an investment decision. Provider characteristics are strongly associated with the payment decision, which may suggest a potential principal-agent problem. We discuss policy implications and potential changes to improve payment decisions.
Direct enquiries to: Gaoyun (Sophie) Yan
* Note: Subject to COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time, seminars are run in dual mode to allow for both in-person and online presentations and attendance, however, if circumstances restrict in-person attendance, CEPAR will revert to an online event entirely. Attendees will be notified via email.