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prof. dr. E.H.M. Ponds

Full Professor 

Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Economics

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 (, 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.


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Last amended: 17 May 2016