Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Retirement income policy affects everyone. It also raises big issues and questions of fairness, adequacy and intergenerational equity.

This year, the Retirement Commissioner is carrying out its mandated three-yearly review of retirement income policies. To contribute to this work, the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, in conjunction with the Commissioner, held a conference to discuss retirement income policy from an intergenerational perspective. The Treasury report “Challenges and Choices: New Zealand’s Long-term Fiscal Statement”, released in October last year, sets the relevant context for the conference.

The conference provided a platform for experts from New Zealand and overseas who set out the key issues and lead discussions on how these issues may be addressed.

Day 1:
Keynote speech: Kent Weaver (Georgetown University, Washington, D.C): The political economy of retirement income policy

Kent Weaver: Concluding Thoughts

Day 2:
Keynote speech: Peter Whiteford (Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales): Retirement income policy and intergenerational equity: an international perspective

Andrew Coleman (Motu Economic and Public Policy Research): Comment on Peter Whiteford’s presentation

Susan St John (University of Auckland): Acknowledging intra-generational differences

Gabs Makhlouf (The Treasury): The view from the Treasury

Ganesh Nana (BERL): Notes in response to: A view from the Treasury- Fiscal Perspectives

Alison O’Connell (Consultant and PhD Student): Expectations of retirement

Judith Davey (Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, VUW): What are we saving for? Using assets in retirement.

Bob Stephens (Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, VUW): The difference differences make

Peggy Koopman-Boyden (Population Studies Centre, University of Waikato): Encouraging longer working lives

Geoff Rashbrooke (Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, VUW): Extending the age of eligibility

Chris Cunningham: Retirement Income Policy, Intergenerational Equity and Maori Development