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Pension Fund Economics and Finance

Efficiency, Investments and Risk-Taking, 1st Edition

Edited by Jacob Bikker

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Pension fund benefits are crucial for pensioners’ welfare and pension fund savings have accumulated to huge amounts, covering a major part of world-wide institutional investments. However, the literature on pension fund economics and finance is rather limited, caused, in part, to limited data availability. This book contributes to this literature and focuses on three important areas. The first is pension fund (in)efficiency, which has a huge impact on final benefits, particularly when annual spoilage accumulates over a lifetime. Scale economies, pension plans complexity and alternative pension saving plans are important issues.

The second area is investment behavior and risk-taking. A key question refers to the allocation of investments over high risk/high return and relatively safe assets. Bikker investigates whether pension funds follow the life-cycle hypothesis: more risk and return for pension funds with young participants. Many pension funds are rather limited in size, which may raise the question how financially sophisticated the pension fund decision makers are: rather professionals or closer to unskilled private persons?

The third field concerns two regulation issues. How do pension fund respond to shocks such as unexpected investment returns or changes in life expectancy? What are the welfare implications to the beneficiary for different methods of securing pension funding: solvency requirements, a pension guarantee fund, or sponsor support?

This groundbreaking book will challenge the way pension fund economics is thought about and practiced.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

        1. Introduction, J.A. Bikker
        2. Part 1: Efficiency

        3. Is there an optimal pension fund size? A scale-economy analysis of administrative and investment costs, J.A. Bikker,
        4. The impact of scale, complexity, and service quality on the costs of pension funds: A cross-country comparison, J.A. Bikker, O.W. Steenbeek, F. Torracchi
        5. Cost differences between pension funds and life insurers in providing pensions, J.A. Bikker
        6. Part 2: Investments behavior and risk-taking

        7. The eligibility of emerging market bonds for pension fund portfolios, L. Spierdijk and Z. Umar.
        8. Mean reversion of stock prices and its impact on pension fund investment policies, L. Spierdijk, J.A. Bikker.
        9. Pension fund investment policy, risk taking, ageing and the life cycle hypothesis, J.A. Bikker, D. Broeders, D. Hollanders, E. Ponds,
        10. Investor sophistication and risk taking, J. de Dreu, J.A. Bikker.
        11. Investment risk-taking of institutional investors, J.K. Gorter, J.A Bikker.
        12. Part 3: Risk-taking and regulation

        13. Measuring and explaining implicit risk sharing in defined benefit pension funds, J.A. Bikker, T. Knaap, W. Romp,

(11) Utility-equivalence of pension security mechanisms, D.W.G.A. Broeders, An Chen, and Birgit Schnorrenberg

About the Editor

Jacob Bikker is professor of Banking and Financial Regulation, School of Economics, Utrecht University, Netherlands and senior researcher at the Strategy Department, Supervisory Policy Division, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB). His research interests include financial institutions, competition, efficiency and optimal scale. He has published many papers on efficiency and optimal scale of pension funds in journals such as Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, Journal of Risk and Insurance, and Applied Economics.

About the Series

Routledge International Studies in Money and Banking

This series explores the roles of money and banking in the modern world. Banking is an increasingly important and international industry, and its interaction with money is a major concern for the world's economic policy-makers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS036000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Investments & Securities
BUS050040
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Personal Finance / Retirement Planning
BUS069000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General