UK state pension reform in a public choice framework

Social security systems for old age have been explicitly studied in a public choice framework for over 30 years. They illustrate extremely well the problems of allocating economic resources through a system of voting.

This paper examines the incentives facing voters to expand state pension provision and the possibilities of reducing state pension provision by increasing state pension age. As such it is of great relevance for the study of policy in ageing societies where implicit pension liabilities are increasing and will prove difficult to reduce.

Updated: 14/01/2013
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Monetary policy, asset prices and actuarial practice

Author(s):

Philip Booth


The operation of monetary policy may have an impact on securities markets and asset values. This is of relevance to many in the actuarial industry, particularly to actuaries who work in non-bank financial institutions such as pension funds and insurance companies.

This review paper presents mainstream theories of monetary policy and draws out the implications that are regarded as most important for actuaries and actuarial research.

Updated: 14/01/2013
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Optimal capital allocation principles

This paper develops a unifying framework for allocating the aggregate capital of a financial firm to its business units.

Updated: 06/03/2012
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Research into long term care for the elderly

Rickayzen and Walsh (2002), built a multiple state model which can be used to project the number of disabled people in the UK over the next 35 years. By focusing on the population who are over age 65 and projected to have severe disabilities, we are able to estimate the future long term care (LTC) demand over the next three decades.

Updated: 19/10/2011
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What is wrong with the chain ladder technique(?)

The title is both a statement and a question, and in the talk you will find a list of things that are wrong with the chain ladder technique but also a question asking whether it is so bad after all.

Updated: 22/09/2011
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Cass Ethics with professor Steven Haberman: ethics and insurance

Author(s):

Steven Haberman

 et al.

Steven Haberman, Professor of Actuarial Science and Director and Deputy Dean at Cass, discusses the bankruptcy of Equitable Life 10 years on, what has changed in the Insurance business and the challenges still faced by the industry.

Updated: 20/10/2011
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Longevity hedging: a framework for longevity basis risk analysis and hedge effectiveness

Author(s):

Guy Coughlan

 et al.

Basis risk is an important consideration when hedging longevity risk with instruments based on longevity indices, since the longevity experience of the hedged exposure may differ from that of the index.

Updated: 22/09/2011
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Making the most of experience data – an augmented beta-binomial approach

In this paper I propose an augmentation to the beta-binomial approach which not only allows for the information contained in ages near to the age under analysis, but also for variation in risk types across the different ages.

Updated: 22/09/2011
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Back to the future: a long term solution to the occupational pensions crisis

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DC schemes have some substantial weaknesses, and a continuation of current policies will probably lead to another pensions crisis in a few decades.

Updated: 22/09/2011
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Views: 4,252