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9.30 Registration and coffee (Room C389)

10.00 Welcome and introduction (Room C379)
Professor Orla Gough

Director of Pensions Research Network, Westminster Business School

10.10 Ward Romp, Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam

“Procyclicality of Pension Fund Regulation and Behaviour”

10.45 Söhnke Bartram, Professor, Warwick Business School

“In Good Times and in Bad: Defined Benefit Pensions and Corporate Financial Policy?

11.25 Mark Bryan, Senior Research Fellow, ISER, University of Essex

Who Saves for Retirement? Understanding transitions in pension participation”

12.00 Lunch (Room C389)


Dr. Ward Romp

Ward is an Assistant Professor in the Amsterdam School of Economics at the University of Amsterdam and research fellow at Netspar and the Tinbergen Institute.

Ward holds a PhD from the University of Groningen and worked as a policy consultant at a pension services provider. His current research focuses on the macroeconomic effects of pension fund policy and regulation.

He published on ageing, pensions and risk sharing in peer reviewed journals as the Journal of Public Economics, the European Economic Review and the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.

Prof. Söhnke M. Bartram

Söhnke is a Professor in the Department of Finance at Warwick Business School. Prior to joining Warwick University, he held faculty positions at Lancaster University and Maastricht University.

He has also been a Visiting Scholar at institutions in the UK, US and Germany and Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, as well as working in the industry.

His immediate research activities centre around issues in international finance, corporate finance and financial markets, especially financial risk management.

Söhnke’s work has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. In 2006, the Journal of Empirical Finance awarded its 3rd Biannual Best Paper Award for his work on foreign exchange rate exposure. In 2010, Financial Management awarded its 2nd Biannual Pearson/Prentice Hall Best Paper Award for his work on the use of derivatives by non-financial firms, which also received the Citations of Excellence Award from Emerald in 2013.

Dr. Mark Bryan

Mark is a Senior Research Fellow at ISER. His research interests include labour and household economics, and he is a specialist in the analysis of large, complex survey datasets.

Published work includes studies of training, the National Minimum Wage, housework and wages, income and deprivation, and the gender wage gap, in journals ranging from Oxford Economic Papers to the Journal of Social Policy.

Mark has authored several studies for government departments and other agencies, including the Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Home Office and Low Pay Commission.


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