Longevity Heterogeneity and Pension Schemes

Event Type
Web Session
European Actuarial Academy (EAA)

Start time: 9.00 am (IST)

End time: 12.00 pm (IST)

Online: zoom

Announcements from the European Actuarial Academy organiser: Many demographic studies have shown an important positive relationship between life expectancy and socio economic conditions. Shortly summarized, we could say that rich people live longer than poor people. The correlation can be observed, based on different indicators such as education level, wealth or level of income. The gap in terms of life expectancy is even widening and can go nowadays beyond 10 years. This reality has strange effects, especially on public pension schemes, paying lifetime annuities from retirement age. Indeed, social security systems are normally based on redistribution and solidarity principles. However, inequalities in terms of life expectancy generate regressive effects and induce indirect transfers from the poorest to the wealthiest affiliates. We could then apply different kinds of actuarial corrections on the pension design in order to compensate partially or totally this effect and restore some form of redistribution, as well in DB (Defined Benefit) as in DC (Defined Contribution) pension schemes.

The web session is open to all interested persons, especially for pension actuaries and everybody motivated by the future of pension systems.

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The objective of this web session is to address the effect of longevity heterogeneity on the design of pension schemes, especially for social security mechanisms. We first present different figures showing the socio economic gap in terms of life expectancy. Then we evaluate the effect of such inequalities on traditional pension plans and illustrate some regressive aspects. Finally, we present different possible mechanisms in order to compensate partially or totally these effects (individualized retirement age, individualized annuity rates, progressive formula, two tier approaches…). 

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  • Social heterogeneity of longevity : Facts and figures
  • Impact of social heterogeneity on different kinds of pension schemes
  • Modulation of the retirement age
  • Transformation of the pension benefits for DB schemes (Defined Benefit)
  • Solutions for NDC public plans ( Notional Defined Contribution)
  • Consequence for occupational pension schemes
Pierre Devolder
Biographical details

Pierre Devolder
Pierre DEVOLDER is professor of mathematical finance and actuarial science at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) (Institute of Statistics, Biostatistics and Actuarial Science, ISBA/LIDAM, Belgium).  He has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Brussels. He is also actuary and academic member of the Belgian Institute of actuaries (IABE). His main research activities are focused on stochastic finance, life insurance and pension theory. He has published 6 books on pension and finance and a lot of papers in various actuarial journals. He gives regular courses at the universities of Brussels, Strasbourg, Rabat and EM Lyon.  He is member of the Belgian “Conseil Académique des Pensions” and chairman of the board of REACFIN (actuarial consulting).