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Reform, information, education: A new paradigm for pension reform

CEPAR and the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU will host a public lecture by Professor Elsa Fornero, University of Turin

Financial literacy has important implications not only for personal well-being, but also for economic reforms, and thus for collective well-being. Reforms are meant to change people’s behavior. Their effectiveness crucially depends on citizens recognizing and generally accepting their necessity, general design, “sense of direction”. Without basic understanding by citizens, reforms risk having little or no effect or even being nullified. Responsible judgment about economic reforms requires not only literacy but also information and numeracy. People’s effective participation in the reform is a prerequisite for correcting misperceptions and changing behavior (on the part of workers, employers and institutions as well) and thus for the social sustainability (resilience) of the reform. This is particularly true of pension reforms because of their profound impact on people’s life plans. The 2011 Italian pension reform is seen as a case in point. 

When: 5.30-7.30pm Wednesday 19th October

Where: Weston Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

Registrations close at 9am on Monday 17 October

RSVP by registering here

15th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing

CEPAR is proud to announce the 15th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing of which it is a major sponsor. This year's event is being organised by CEPAR Chief Investigator Kaarin Anstey. Hosted by the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health & Wellbeing and the Australian National University, Canberra, the ERA conference presents a unique opportunity for research higher degree students in the diverse fields relating to ageing to present their developing research.

Each year the conference draws an audience of students, academic researchers, practitioners and policy makers and ERA 2016 promises to be an exciting opportunity to network, exchange ideas and discuss the latest in ageing-related research.

The major theme of the conference is"Pathways to Ageing Well" with Keynote Presentations by Professor Cathie Sherrington, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute and the University of Sydney, and Dr Chris Hatherly, Director of Science Policy and Projects at the Australian Academy of Science. 

The conference will take place from the 31 October - 1 November 2016.

The Call for Abstracts is currently open

Visit the website for more information including submission guidelines.

Computational Economics Workshop

5- 8 December 2016, UNSW Business School

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is proud to offer this four day workshop taking place at the University of New South Wales from 5 to 8 December, 2016.

The workshop will be presented by Professor Hans Fehr from the University of Würzburg.

The main objective of the workshop is to provide participants with state of the art techniques for quantitative macroeconomic research. They will learn the most prominent models in this field and familiarize with the relevant literature. Ideally at the end of the workshop, participants will be able to develop their own ideas and conduct their own policy analysis using the programming skills acquired.

The workshop will consist of a series of lectures and practical exercise classes, focused on the following:

  • Review of programming in Fortran and numerical solution methods
  • Solution techniques to dynamic programming problems
  • Infinite horizon models including the Ramsey model and the real business cycle (RBC) model
  • Partial equilibrium life cycle (LC) model
  • Policy analysis using the stochastic overlapping generations (OLG) model

Participants should have a background in macroeconomic theory. Some basic programming skills are also required. For this reason, participants should download the Fortran compiler from the website www.ce-fortran.com and prepare the first chapter of the course material on Fortran before the start of the course.

The full workshop schedule and further information will be available in early September.

Places are limited, if you wish to participate in the workshop, complete the below application form.


Key Dates

25 August         Applications Open

4 November      Applications Close

11 November    Applicants notified of outcomes

5-8 December   Workshop


Enquiries: George Kudrna g.kudrna@unsw.edu.au  Ph: 9385 1446

Longevity Research Forum at UNSW

Research Issues in Modelling Longevity Risk with Applications: Current perspectives and future directions

Thursday, 16 February 2017, UNSW, Kensington Campus, Sydney


Longevity risk has been the focus of increased research over recent years. The risk arises from the potential unexpected costs from individuals living longer resulting in unexpected increases in retirement income needs and aged care costs.

This forum will focus on current and future research on modelling of longevity risk with applications to the managing of longevity risk including costing and design of income stream products and long term care insurance.

Modelling of the risk covers all aspects of future survival and health status including actuarial and demographic models and methods.

As a forum it aims to provide opportunities for informal discussion and a sharing of knowledge and views to provide perspectives on future directions for longevity research. Each session will be moderated by a research academic familiar with the area.

Who should attend

This is a limited attendance forum designed for researchers in academia and industry who have a major interest in longevity risk including actuaries and demographers. Early career researchers and research students are particularly encouraged to attend.

The program is available here. 

Registration is required via the registration form.


For further enquiries contact:

Amy Brushwood