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Marike Knoef appointed as endowed professor of Capital-Funded Pensions

Published: 05th July 2021 Last updated: 27th July 2022

Tilburg University has appointed Marike Knoef as endowed professor of Capital-Funded Pensions at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management, effective July 1, 2021. The remit of the chair is the study of capital-funded pensions from an integrated perspective to contribute to the formation of ideas about the future of supplementary pensions in the Netherlands. The institution establishing the endowed chair is Instituut Gak. The research is part of the research program of pension network and think tank Netspar.

The Netherland has extensive experience with capital funding in the context of supplementary pensions. In a capital-funded system, the pension contributions paid are immediately invested. In this way, the pension fund builds up the capital that is needed pay pension benefits to the participants later. Since the Dutch pension system is under pressure as a result of an aging population and low interest rates, it is currently being reformed. Academic research is indispensable for the implementation of this reform and for an integrated approach to the financing of retirement. This chair is aimed to contribute to this by providing more insight into the economic behavior of individuals and households. “It is important to collaborate with other disciplines such as psychologists, lawyers, and communication experts,” Marike Knoef states.


Netspar, the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a think tank and knowledge network. Netspar is dedicated to promoting a wider understanding of the economic and social implications of pensions, aging and retirement in the Netherlands and Europe. Via knowledge development by independent academic research and knowledge sharing through publications, events, and education, Netspar actively contributes to the public dialogue among among policy makers, academics, and professionals working in pensions and insurance.

Instituut Gak

Instituut Gak wants to contribute to the quality of social security in the Netherlands through the funding of research, projects, and professorships. More information is available at

Marike Knoef (c) Frissewind, Don Wijns

Professor Marike Knoef is Professor of Empirical Micro-Economics at Leiden University and the director of Netspar (Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement). In 2006, she completed her MSc in Mathematical Economics & Econometric Methods at Tilburg University and obtained a PhD in 2011 at the same university. The title of her PhD thesis is Essays on Labor Force Participation, Aging, Income and Health. Knoef is a Crown-appointed member of the Social and Economic Council (SER).


Photo (c) Frissewind/Don Wijns

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