Pensions are a major public policy issue in most OECD countries and it is not difficult to understand why. In most countries, pensions represent a large fraction of government fiscal obligations, a burden which is forecasted to increase yet further as the “baby boom” generation approaches retirement. At the same time, private pensions are a major component of financial markets (for example, in the UK the value of pension funds is approximately equal to 100% of UK GDP) and an important contributor to savings, investment and economic growth.

The Pensions Institute (PI) is the first and only U.K. academic research centre focused entirely on pensions research. The purpose of this centre is to serve as a clearinghouse for information on pensions, with particular emphasis on the U.K. system, and to publicize PI research and activities.

Longevity 15:

Fifteenth International Longevity Risk and Capital Markets Solutions Conference will take place on Thursday 12th & Friday 13th September 2019 in Washington DC, USA.

Longevity 15 Website
Call for Papers

Longevity 14:

Fourteenth International Longevity Risk and Capital Markets Solutions Conference took place on Thursday 20th & Friday 21st September 2018 in Amsterdam.

Longevity 13:

Thirteenth International Longevity Risk and Capital Markets Solutions Conference took place on Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd September 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Pensions Workshop: DC plans in the UK and the Netherlands – exchanging experiences

Date: Monday, 9 April 2018
Location: Cass Business School, City, University of London, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ.

See the list of Speakers here
Download Programme here: 
Photographs of the Event can be found here


DC Plans in the UK and the Netherlands: exchanging experience David Blake
Pension Reforms in the Netherlands this Millenium: from DB via CDC to DC? Bastiaan Starink
Royal Mails Journey to CDCJenny Hall & Derek Benstead
Intergenerational Risk Sharing in Dutch Pension PlansEd Westerhout
Regulatory IssuesJulian Barker & Robin Ellison
Collective Defined Contribution Regulatory Issues Julian Barker
The Truth – and Myths! – about CDCKevin Wesbroom
How to Design a Universal Good DC Plan. Evidence from Sweden, Netherlands, Chile and Australia Stefan Lundbergh

The Independent Review of Retirement Income published its report and a summary of responses to its consultation paper on 2nd March 2016

The report entitled “We Need a National Narrative: Building a Consensus around Retirement Income” can be found here.
A Summary of the Report can be found here.
The Consultation response can be found here.
The Press Release can be found here.
Media Coverage can be found here.

The Individual Chapters of the Report can be found as below:-

Front Matter
Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7

Pension Insight’s 50
most influential People in Pensions 2011   2012    2013    2014 2015 2016  2017

David Blake’s interview in Corporate Adviser November 2011

Robin Ellison, Professor of Pensions Law at the Pensions Institute, has been appointed a Special Advisor to the Work and Pensions Select Committee’s Review of the BHS Pensions Scheme.

LifeMetrics Open Source R code for Stochastic Mortality Modelling is available here:


Two new books from the Director of the Pensions Institute

Two old books from the Director of the Pensions Institute

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