Stream 20: Reforming pension systems – inequalities in employment, retirement and wellbeing in later life

Katja Moehring and Aart-Jan Riekhoff

Pension systems around the world have been reformed in several ways in order to maintain fiscal sustainability and to provide adequate old-age income in the face of population ageing and changing conditions at the labour market. Many of the recent reforms aim at postponing retirement and lengthening the lifetime employment required for full pension rights. At the same time, working careers and family lives are changing. As a result, inequalities in old-age income and retirement are on the rise.

Moreover, concerns are increasing that pension contributions today will not lead to adequate benefits in the future, leading to greater inequalities between generations and potentially to the dwindling of the intergenerational solidarity that is at the base of many pension systems.

This stream focuses on inequalities in individual retirement behaviour and old-age income, wealth, and wellbeing on the background of recent pension reforms and ongoing societal changes. We invite contributions on (but not limited to) following themes:

– Atypical employment, flexible careers and pensions

– Extending working lives, later career employment and new forms of flexible retirement

– Interactions of changing working careers with health and wellbeing in later life

– The effect of changing family lives on retirement and pensions

– Retirement and pensions of migrants, international transferability of pension rights

– The interplay of pension, family and labour market policies

– The changing roles of public, occupational and private pension schemes

– Intergenerational justice and redistribution through pension systems

We particularly encourage contributions providing novel empirical insights. Submission may be both nation-specific and comparative.

Abstracts can be submitted through the online abstract submission system: