24th Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers
Call For Papers

July 4 and 5 2016, UNSW Australia

The Colloquium, co-hosted by CEPAR and Risk & Actuarial Studies in the UNSW Business School, is a unique annual event, bringing together academics, government and industry to discuss and debate the most important pension and superannuation issues. It will combine keynotes and plenary sessions with concurrent contributed papers.

International contributions are welcome. Young researchers, especially PhD students, are encouraged to submit. This year we will be running a competition for 'Best Presentation by a PhD Student', the winner will receive a cash prize.

OVERVIEW: Australia's superannuation system, in common with most DC pension systems, mandates participation and a minimum contribution rate, but then leaves individual retirement savers with the responsibility of making often complex saving and spending decisions over their lifetime. While current policy design and industry practice does provide support through choice architecture, mandated disclosures and regulation of financial advisers, their effectiveness is unclear.

TOPICS: In the interest of highlighting these issues we specifically invite submissions on the following topics: Retirement saving decisions; Choice architecture; Defaults; Retirement saver knowledge and skills; Cognition; Financial product disclosure; Communication of long term risks; Financial advice; Member engagement; and Retirement planning.

Contributions are welcome on other topics, which may include but are not limited to: Annuities and retirement benefits; Addressing increased longevity; Understanding and incorporating heath and aged care costs; Lifecycle behaviour; Taxation; Regulation; Labour market issues; Governance of superannuation and pension funds; The superannuation/pensions industry; Investment strategies; Demography; and Achieving sustainable fiscal policy.

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: Expressions of interest (in the form of an extended abstract or complete paper) should be emailed to cepar@unsw.edu.au. The deadline is Friday 1st April 2016. If you would like to discuss a possible presentation, please contact Hazel Bateman.

Online registration will be available on the CEPAR website from April 2016.

We look forward to seeing you in Sydney in July.

Posted 3/18/16