Bernard Casey commented on the USS pension fund deficit on BBC 2's Newsnight programme, Thursday 24 October 2013.
Bernard Casey will be a keynote speaker at the International Pension conference entitled Pension Reforms in Post-Socialist and other Countries – Comparison and Evaluation conference. It is being held at the Politechnika Poznanska in Poznań on 12-13 September.
Pensions auto-enrolment - is it worth saving?
The first round of auto-enrolment into a workplace pension starts today. First proposed by the 2005 Turner Commission report, auto enrolment is intended to help the half of employees who have no supplementary pension to save more for retirement. The rollout has attracted considerable media attention, much of it concentrating upon whether small savers will really benefit and how far the government is prepared to go with its proposal to develop a basic pension that is sufficiently high that such small savings are not means-tested away. IER’s Bernard Casey has recently published a paper on this subject - Voluntary Pension Saving for Old Age: Are the Objectives of Self-responsibility and Security Compatible?. The paper drew comparisons with Germany where policymakers are facing similar challenges (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2012.00853.x/abstract - full content only available to subscribers).
In the next podcast about our work at the Institute for Employment Research, Bernard Casey talks about his research on older workers and the effects of working longer on health and well-being. Bernard also considers how employment, pensions and social cares systems interrelate, together with the effect of working longer on people’s physical and mental health.
Bernard Casey is Chairing a session at a joint European Commission - World Bank Conference on Reforming Pension Systems in Europe and Central Asia, taking place in Brussels on 25-26 June 2012.
The conference aims to promote an open discussion about the challenges facing pension systems and the potential social, fiscal, financial, and macroeconomic implications of various reform measures to face the demographic challenges. It seeks to initiate and facilitate dialogue among governments and other interested parties on these important issues.
Bernard will chair the session on "Achievements of Pension Reform in the Last 20 Years".