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From our Director

This is the fourth year of CEPAR's funding, more than halfway through the initial funding term of seven years. Our initial bid highlighted five strands of research, ranging from system-wide issues such as fiscal impacts and migration, through coordination of policy between the public and private sectors, to ageing well. As our research program has matured, alternative ways of organising and coordinating research suggested themselves. more

John Piggott, Director, CEPAR

CEPAR Research: projects, people, presentations and publications
2015 Research Agenda
CEPAR’s dynamic multidisciplinary program of original research, events and activities, and schedule of publications contributes to greater local and global awareness of population ageing.

Our Areas of Research Focus (ARF) host a broad range of projects which deliver a comprehensive insight into the issues facing ageing populations. For examples from just two of our ARFs more
Further details of our research plans will be published in the CEPAR 2014 annual report available in April.

Our network continues to grow with a number of new Associate Investigators joining CEPAR throughout 2014 and into 2015. They contribute to our unique multi-disciplinary approach to issues related to ageing populations by extending our range of experts.  Our most recent appointments are:

Professor Zhongwei Zhao - above left
Dr Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan - above right
Professor Ester Cerin 
Over 400 delegates from 35 countries attended the WEAI's (Western Economic Association International) 11th International Conference in New Zealand this month. 
Research Fellow George Kudrna chaired a session on Effects on Fertility and Labor Supply and presented a paper on Facing Demographic Challenges: Tax Hikes or Pension Cuts?


While annuity products are not a preferred option for Australians, Senior Research Fellow Ralph Stevens and co-authors consider their popularity in the Netherlands in Price Efficiency in the Dutch Annuity Market. Cannon, E., Stevens, R., and Tonks, I., Journal of Pension Economics & Finance Vol 14 issue 1 more 

In 2014 the Michigan Retirement Research Center (MRRC) invited CEPAR’s Rafal Chomik and John Piggott to produce a policy brief on Means testing pensions: The case of Australia. Following this, CEPAR secured an MRRC research grant to model means testing social security and age pension programs in the US and Australia.



Facebook as research tool
PhD student Mahin Raissi describes how her Facebook application AuSON collects data about seniors’ online social network activities. more
Research Position

Applications are open for a Senior Research Associate (Risk and Actuarial Studies) at CEPAR. This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment for a period of up to three years.


 4th ANU-DPU Conference with CEPAR:
The Labour Market, Migration and Ageing
Dhurakij Pundit University, Bangkok,
26-27 February 2015 more

2015 Diary:

IAGG Master Class:
Population Ageing and the Challenges of Integrating Paid Work and Family Care Work

Dublin, 22 - 26 April 2015 more

Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers
6 - 7 July 2015

The Summer School On Longitudinal and Life Course Research
Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories and University of Bamberg
31 August - 4 September 2015 more

CESifo Conference
3 - 4 September 2015 more




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