Activity report 2015
Eduard Ponds holds the chair of Economics of Collective Pension Plans at Tilburg University. He is expert in economics of pensions and collective pension plans, in particular in the fields of pension funds, pension plan (re)design, risk management, actuarial aspects, intergenerational risk sharing, and classic and value-based ALM. His publications are mainly on collective pensions, in particular related to the pension fund sector in the Netherlands and elsewhere.
He is also employed at APG (www.apg.nl), a pension service provider in the Netherlands with 330 bln euro?s AuM and 25 clients (end 2013). Since 1995 he was subsequently actuary, senior researcher investments, manager pension fund strategy and currently he is head research collective pensions.
Eduard Ponds has introduced two innovations for the Dutch pension fund sector which are widely used by pension funds. These innovations concern first the so-called policy ladder as tool to define conditional indexation by Dutch pension funds, and secondly the method of value-based generational accounting which is used to determine generational redistribution in case of changes in the design and funding of collective pension plans.
He was one of the first to recognize the importance of generational transfers within the Dutch pension fund sector, as put forward in his PhD project of 1995, titled: ?Supplementary pensions, intergenerational risk-sharing and welfare?. This topic is now heavily debated for years in a nation-wide debate on pension reform in the Netherlands.
Most recent publications
- VB Pensioenprijs 1995 (Vereniging Bedrijfstakpensioenfondsen) for PhD: Supplementary pensions, intergenerational risk-sharing, and welfare; https://pure.uvt.nl/portal/files/924427/SUPPLEM_.PDF.
- Position in the Polderparade ( The Polderparade is the list with the most cited Dutch and Flemish economists in Duch journals over the last 5 years:
o no. 22 in 2014 (2009-2013)
o no list constructed in 2011, 2012, 2013
o no. 30 in 2010 (2005-2009)
o no. 34 in 2009 (2004-2008)
o no. 28 in 2008 (2003-2007)
o no. 27 in 2007 (2002-2006)
- Prices for supervised thesis based on internship at APG:
o Ingmar Minderhoud (2009: Modeling Human Capital in Life-Cycle Portfolio Choice: Riskless or Risky?) - Netspar Master Thesis Prijs
o Zina Lekniute (2011: A value-based approach to pension plan redesign in the Netherlands. Who will gain and who will lose?): - Netspar Master Thesis Prijs, - AG Johan de Witt Prijs, - van Lanschot Prijs
o Sjoerd Timmermans (2012: A cohort-specific collar approach to retirement security) - Netspar Master Thesis Prijs, - Grote Financiën Prijs, - van Lanschot Prijs
o Zhiqiang Chen (2014): Evaluating UK defined-benefit pension policies from the Dutch perspective http://arno.uvt.nl/show.cgi?fid=131981) - AG Johan de Witt Prijs
o Kamiel van Langen (2014): Implicit pension debt and credit rating http://arno.uvt.nl/show.cgi?fid=136220): - Hoofboschprijs 2014
o Christian Bockweg (2015): Framing and Pension Annuities - Evidence form a Dutch pension Fund - Netspar Master Thesis Award http://www.netspar.nl/files/documenten/pdfs%20en%20docs/Newsflash/2016/MSc%20UWV%20Award%202015%20-%20Christian%20H%20Bockweg.pdf
PhD, Tilburg University (1995)
Title: Supplementary Pensions, Intergenerational Risk Sharing, and Welfare
Promotor: prof dr Harrie Verbon
Master (Msc): Economics Tilburg University (1985)
- Professor Economics of Pensions, Tilburg University (2007-present)
- Program manager Actuarieel Instituut (2014-present)
- APG All Pensions Group: subsequently actuary, senior researcher ABP Investments and currently head research collective pensions (1995-present)
- Assistant professor Open university Netherlands in 'Financial Markets and Institutions' and in 'Monetary Economics and Policy' (1987-1995)
- Researcher at Tias Tilburg University (1985-1987)
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