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We originally conceived CEPAR as an entity with a small concentration of collaborating universities. 

CEPAR was a new experiment in the social sciences and the stewardship and governance issues were unknowns. more
CEPAR Research: projects, people, presentations and publications
CEPAR People 
Professor Hanming Fang,
Scientific Director of the Australia-China Population Ageing Hub

Professor Hanming Fang wears many hats. He lectures in applied microeconomics at the University of Pennsylvania, has been a Partner Investigator at CEPAR since its inception, and has now taken on the role of Scientific Director of the new Australia-China Population Ageing Hub. more

New Post-Doctoral Research Fellows
Professor Michael Keane has recently taken on two new Research Fellows at CEPAR's UNSW node.

Xu Xiao Chun submitted his PhD this year titled Essays on the Australian Economy. His primary research interest are housing and applied macroeconomics.

Timothy Neal also submitted his PhD this year. The title of his thesis was Essays on panel data econometrics and the distribution of income. His research interests cover a range of topics including, income inequality, choice modelling, computational economics,  microeconomics and political economics.

Xiao will be working with Professor Keane on negative gearing in housing markets whilst Timothy seeks to better understand how people make decisions using econometric methods.


CEPAR researchers have been travelling locally and internationally to present their research over the last month. Here is a small selection:
  • Bei Lu, Australian Superannuation: 20 Years of Experience and Reforms at the Second Pillar Pension in China: Professional Annuity Workshop, in Beijing, China.
  • Hal Kendig, Understanding the Living Longer, Living Better Initiatives and A Political Economy Interpretation of Land use and Transport Investment in Canberra at the International Federation of Ageing Conference in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Michael Sherris, Equity Investing with Targeted Constant Volatility Exposure at the AFIR ERM Colloquium of the International Actuarial Association in Edinburgh, UK.
  • Andres Villegas, Mortality Improvement Rates: Modelling and Parameter Uncertainty at the Second International Congress on Actuarial Science and Quantitative Finance, Catagena, Colombia.
  • Julie Byles, From Womb to Tomb: A Lifetime of Longitudinal Data at the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health Scientific Meeting, Newcastle, Australia, and
  • Staying connected in Later Life, Keynote Presentation at the 2016 U3E Network Conference in Belmont, Australia.
In addition to these presentations a number of our researchers and students presented at the 24th Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers, the Mid-life Employment Workshop and the Annual Workshop on Population Ageing and the Chinese Economy.
We added more papers to the CEPAR Working Paper Series this month. There were also a number of papers accepted for academic Journal publication.
RADAR Now Available
A new national population database developed by CEPAR researchers provides free public access to information about Australia's ageing population. more

Multi-disciplinary Approach Key to Mid-life Employment Research Challenge
Participants at the Mid-life Employment Workshop came away with a number of important questions to be answered in order to progress research in the field. more


2016 Diary

Pensions and Superannuation Series
15 August  12 - 1pm
Locating Conflicts of Duty Accurately in the Superannuation System
by Scott Donald, UNSW Australia

5 September, 12 - 1pm
Pension Reform with Entrepreneurial Choice
by Hans Fehr, University of Wurzburg more

15th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing
Canberra, 31 Oct - 1 Nov
Hosted by the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (CRAHW)

49th Australian Association of Gerontology Conference
Canberra, 2-4 November
Capitalising on the Ageing Dividend: Re-imagining our Future




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