Workshop Longevity Heterogeneity and Pension Design

Call for Papers

Workshop “Longevity Heterogeneity and Pension Design”

Jan. 28th, 2020, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The SUSTAINABLE, ADEQUATE AND SAFE PENSIONS (SAS) PENSIONS PROJECT at UCLouvain (Belgium) organises a workshop on “Longevity Heterogeneity and Pension Design”.

In the matter of justice in pensions, so far, longevity heterogeneity has received little attention, despite its potentially strong (anti)redistributive role. If rich individuals live longer, they draw pension benefits longer than less wealthy people. In the US, we observe significant differences across socio-economic groups, measured by education, place of residence, income and occupation (Luy et al., 2015; Bosworth, Burtless & Zhang, 2016). What is more, these differences seem to be on the rise. Ceteris paribus, this could considerably erode the overall degree of intragenerational equity achieved via public pensions.


Applicants are invited to present a paper that addresses one of the following themes or a closely related question:

  1. The magnitude of longevity heterogeneity and its propensity to grow larger in advanced economies.
  2. The relation between longevity heterogeneity and socio-economic characteristics (education, place of residence, income and occupation).
  3. The propensity of longevity heterogeneity to generate interpersonal (anti)redistribution on a lifetime basis.
  4. How alternative pension systems could in practice, compensate for Longevity Heterogeneity?

Keynote speakers

- Gregory Ponthière (Paris School of Economic)
- Jennifer Alonso-Garcia (University of Groningen)

The Submission deadline is Oct 15, 2019

Paper or extended abstract must be addressed to Prof. Vincent Vandenberghe before October 15, 2019, mentioning ‘Longevity Heterogeneity and Pension Design’ in the subject line.


We aim at a maximum of 50 participants. Attendance is free of charge. Paper givers must cover their travel and accommodation costs.

Scientific committee

Prof. Vincent Vandenberghe, Jean Hindriks, Pierre Devolder, Alexia Autenne and Axel Gosseries (UCLouvain)


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Published on August 27, 2019