Video: The Promise of Defined-Ambition Plans, and Lessons for the United States

The above talk was given by Lans Bovenberg (Tilburg University) at the 2014 Pension Research Council Conference; Bovenberg spoke about his research into “defined-ambition plans”, and whether similar ideas could work in the United States.

Further explanation of defined-ambition plans, from the video description:

Firms no longer act as external risk sponsors but continue to provide a distributional platform for pensions, thereby addressing behavioral and agency issues as well as imperfections of insurance and financial markets. Pension entitlements are defined in terms of (deferred) annuities, and participants share the risks of assets and a joint liability pool on the basis of complete contracts. We investigate risk management and valuation of these plans, explore their strengths and weaknesses, and analyze whether such plans hold promise for the United States.


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