Pension Policy Center 2011 Annual Report

This is the fourth annual report of the Pension Policy Center. The year 2011 was a productive year for the Pension Policy Center, including publishing two books.

John A. Turner wrote the book Longevity Policy: Facing up to the Longevity Issues Affecting Social Security, Pensions, and Older Workers, which was published in 2011 by the Upjohn Institute.

Dana Muir (University of Michigan) and Turner organized the 2010 conference of the European Network for Research on Supplementary Pensions, which took place in Washington, DC on September 10, 2010. They edited the conference proceedings, Imagining the Ideal Pension System, which was published in 2011 by the Upjohn Institute. They published a paper in Benefits Quarterly based on the conference.

With Gerard Hughes, Turner published “Pension Policy for Financial Crises: Experience in Ireland, the UK and the US,” in Yves Stevens (ed.), Promoting Pension Rights in Times of Economic Turmoil.

Dana Muir and Turner wrote “Limiting Pension Risk in the United States through Guarantees and Regulation,” which they presented at the annual meetings of the European Network for Supplementary Pensions in Muenster, Germany.

Leslie Muller (Hope College) and Turner completed a report for the Upjohn Institute on “The Persistence of Employee 401(k) Contributions Over a Stock Market Cycle: The Limited Power of Inertia.”

With George (Sandy) Mackenzie, Turner wrote “Key Issues on which Financial Advisers Disagree Concerning Retirement Planning” for the AARP Public Policy Institute.

Dana Muir and Turner wrote a paper on “The Market for Financial Advisers,” which will be presented at the 2012 annual conference of the Pension Research Council at the University of Pennsylvania, and included in the conference volume

Turner wrote a book review for the Industrial and Labor Relations Review on the book Pensions in the Health and Retirement Study by Alan Gustman, Thomas Steinmeier and Nahid Tabatabai.

Turner wrote a book review for the Jounal of Pension Economics on the book Closing the Coverage Gap: The Role of Social Pensions and Other Retirement Income Transfers, edited by Robert Holzmann, David A. Robalino and Noriyuki Takayama.

Turner spoke on the Brian Lehrer radio show on WNYC in New York on pension issues.

The Pension Policy Center continues to seek projects concerning pensions, Social Security, and retirement issues.