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Jun 24

The U.S. and the Netherlands: Converging Paths to Retirement Security

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Retirement income in the Netherlands and the United States primarily consists of public pensions, private pensions and individual retirement savings. Demographic trends and issues facing public and private programs in both countries require a closer examination of innovations in individual and employer-provided pensions. This conference will highlight trends in retirement plan design and prospects for the future. Leading policymakers, practitioners and researchers from the Netherlands and the United States will examine these pressing issues.


8:30 a.m.

David C. John, The Heritage Foundation and the Retirement Security Project
Stephan Raes, Minister (Economic), Royal Netherlands Embassy 

9:00 a.m.
The Retirement Systems of the Netherlands and the United States: Setting the Stage

Dallas Salisbury, Employee Benefits Research Institute
Maarten Camps, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, The Netherlands 


9:30 a.m.
The Best Structure for Retirement Security: A Retirement Savings and Defined Benefit System that Meets Employees’ Needs

Regina Jefferson, Columbus School of Law
Olaf Sleijpen, APG and Maastricht University
Gary Burtless, The Brookings Institution (invited)
Jack VanDerhei, Employee Benefits Research Institute
Peter Martens, Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands
Karen Friedman, The Pension Rights Center


10:45 a.m.
Funding and Fiduciary Challenges

Mark Ugoretz, ERISA Industry Committee (invited)
Jan Nijssen, Montae Pensioen
Don Ezra, Russell Investments
Hans van Meerten, Holland Financial Centre
Karin Feldman, AFL-CIO


12:00 p.m.


1:10 p.m.
Keynote Address

J. Mark Iwry, United States Department of the Treasury


1:30 p.m.
Designing and Funding Retirement Benefits and Savings Plans

Gerard Riemen, The Dutch Association of Industry-wide Pension Funds
Theo Nijman, Tilburg University and Netspar
Jamie Kalamarides, Prudential
Frank Todisco, American Academy of Actuaries
Niels Kortleve, PGGM


2:45 p.m.
Improving Participation and Outcomes through Incentives and Education

Shaun O’Brien, AARP
David C. John, The Heritage Foundation and the Retirement Security Project
Niels Kortleve, PGGM
Johan Barnard, Ministry of Finance, The Netherlands
Harman Korte, AFM
Pamela Perun, The Aspen Institute


4:00 p.m.
What We Can Learn from Each Country’s Mistakes

More About the Speakers

Co-Hosted by:

The Royal Netherlands Embassy

The Retirement Security Project

The Heritage Foundation

The Employee Benefit Research Institute

Pension Rights Center 

APG – General Pension Group

Hosted By

David C. John David C. John

Senior Research Fellow in Retirement Security and Financial Institutions Read More