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10.00 Registration and coffee

10.30 Welcome and introduction

Professor Orla Gough, Director of Pensions Research Network, Westminster Business School

10.40 Mark Bryan, University of Essex. “Who Saves for Retirement?”

11.15 Gemma Tetlow, Institute for Fiscal Studies
"Ignorance is bliss? Individual knowledge and implications for pension policy"

11.55 Asghar Zaidi, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna. “Population Ageing and Economic and Social Sustainability Challenges of Pension Systems in Europe: A Cross-National Perspective”

12.30 Lunch


Mark Bryan

Mark is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex.

His research interests include research on determinants and effects of training; working time; paid holidays; constraints on working hours; trade unions; effects of minimum wages; the gender pay gap over the wage distribution; effects of housework on wages; applied econometrics.

Email: [email protected]

Gemma Tetlow

Gemma is the Programme Director for the Institute for Fiscal Studies work on pensions, saving and public finances.

Her research interests include pensions, savings, asset holding and health and their interactions with later life working. Her recent work also includes analysis of the UK's public finances and public spending.

Email: [email protected]

Asghar Zaidi

Asghar is Director of Research at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, in Vienna, and (from September 2012) Professor in International Social Policy at the University of Southampton. Previously, he worked as Senior Economist at the OECD (Social Policy Division, 2007-2009) related to pension policy in OECD countries.

His research interests include economics of ageing (particularly pension reforms and their impact on retirement incomes), implications of living costs of disability on poverty and resource measurement, and dynamic microsimulation modelling (in particular those used for pension income trends and their underlying factors).

Email: [email protected]