Longevity Heterogeneity and Pension Design (final programme)
Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL-Belgium), January 28, 2020
Auditorium Leclercq 93 (see on Google map)
Place Montesquieu, 1
1348  Louvain-la-Neuve 

The SUSTAINABLE, ADEQUATE AND SAFE PENSIONS (SAS) PENSIONS PROJECT at UCLouvain (Belgium) organises a workshop on “Longevity Heterogeneity and Pension Design”.

In the matter of justice in pensions, so far, longevity heterogeneity has received little attention, despite its potentially strong (anti)redistributive role. If rich individuals live longer, they draw pension benefits longer than less wealthy people. In the US, we observe significant differences across socio-economic groups, measured by education, place of residence, income and occupation (Luy et al., 2015; Bosworth, Burtless & Zhang, 2016). What is more, these differences seem to be on the rise. Ceteris paribus, this could considerably erode the overall degree of intragenerational equity achieved via public pensions.

Keynote speakers                                                                                             
 Grégory Ponthière (Paris School of Economics) & Jennifer Alonso-Garcia (ULB)
Participants : we aim at a maximum of 50 participants. Attendance is free of charge. Paper givers and particitpants must cover their travel and accommodation costs.
Accommodation: if you want to overnight in Louvain-la-Neuve, we recommend these hotels

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·  Scientific committee:
Prof. Vincent Vandenberghe, Jean Hindriks, Pierre Devolder, Alexia Autenne and Axel Gosseries (UCLouvain)

·  Contact: Ariane Robyn (



Welcome of participants (9-9.05 am)

Morning plenary Session ( LECL93- 9.05 am- 10.45 am)

- Gregory Ponthière: [Paris School of Economics]: Fair Retirement and Premature Mortality [KEYNOTE1] presentation.pdf

- Miguel Sanchez-Romero [Institute of Statistics and Mathematical Methods in Economics, TU Wien, Austria ]: Redistributive effects of different pension systems when longevity varies by socioeconomic status presentation.pdf

Morning coffee break (10.45-11.00 am)

Morning parallel sessions (11.00-12.30 pm)

Session 1 (MORE 51)

- Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz [Institute of Statistics and Mathematical Methods in Economics, TU Wien, Austria] : The impact of reducing the pension generosity on schooling and inequality presentation.pdf

- Elmar Stracke [University of Bayreuth]: Defusing the Relevance of Life Span Variations for Pension Schemes  presentation.df

Session 2 (LECL 93)

- Jorge M. Bravo [Universidade Nova de Lisboa & BBVA Pensions Institute]: Addressing Life Expectancy Gap in Pension Policy  presentation.pdf

- Sarah Kaakaï [Laboratoire Manceau de Mathématiques, Risk and Insurance Institute, Le Mans University, France] Interpreting mortality trends in the presence of heterogeneity: A population dynamics approach. presentation.pdf

Lunch (12.30 am -

Afternoon parallel sessions (2.00- 3.20 pm)

Session 1 (MORE 51)

- Jonna Olsson [University of Amsterdam]: Health dynamics and heterogeneous life expectancies presentation.pdf

 - Arno Baurin [IRES/UCLouvain]: Should we differentiate the retirement age by socioeconomic status ? A tagging problem ? presentation.pdf

Session 2 (LECL 93)

- Javier Olivera [Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)]: The distribution of pension wealth in Europe presentation.pdf

- Markus Knell [Austrian National Bank]: Fair Pension Systems and Differential Mortality presentation.pdf

Afternoon coffee break (3.20-3.35 pm)

Afternoon final session (LECL 93- 3.35 -5.15 pm)

- Marie-Louise Leroux [Département des Sciences Economiques, UQAM]: Fair Long-Term Care Insurance   presentation.pdf

- Jennifer Alonso-Garcia [ULB] : Heterogeneity in longevity and redistribution of pension wealth [KEYNOTE 2]  presentation.pdf