April 2013 CEPAR newsletter. www.cepar.edu.au

Centre Director's Message

We are very excited about our upcoming international conference in population ageing, to take place on July 2-4. With over 70 papers submitted ranging from studies of inclusion to econometric analysis of the retirement decision, research from all over the world will be presented. With keynote speakers drawn from three continents, and the addition of an Industry day, CEPAR's 1st International conference is an event not to be missed. 

In the News

ABC TV News, 3 April 2013
Featuring Michael Sherris

High income earners in the Treasurer's sights

Radio National Breakfast, 3 April 2013
Interview with John Piggott
Speculation continues over changes to super tax

ABC Lateline, 2 April 2013
Featuring John Piggott
Crean says super changes must not be retrospective

Australian Financial Review, 2 April 2013
Featuring John Piggott
Henry expert slams Labor super threats
1st International Conference 2 - 4 July 2013

CEPAR is delighted to announce the Conference's Industry Day keynote address will be delivered by Dr John Beard, Director of the Department of Ageing and Life Course with the World Health Organization in Geneva.  

John works with the global community to meet the challenges, and to maximise the benefits, associated with the rapid ageing of their populations.  

He is chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Ageing and a member of the Advisory Board of the World Demographic & Ageing Forum.  

John is an Australian physician and has held a range of senior public health and academic roles in Australia and the USA. He has published widely in the international literature and remains actively involved in several large longitudinal studies of ageing including WHO's 6 country Study of Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE) and the New York City Neighborhood And Mental hEalth Study (NYCNAMES).

John joins an already distinguished list of speakers including  James Nazroo, Eileen Crimmins, Michael Keane and Theo Nijman.


Working paper: Human capital and productive ageing 

A new Working Paper from CEPAR's Vanessa Loh and Hal Kendig looks at productive ageing across the life course. 

An uncertain economic outlook and the certitude of an ageing population highlight the importance of productivity across all age groups for Australia’s future. This paper provides national findings on both paid, tax-generating and unpaid, voluntary productivity across the life course, focusing primarily on the baby boomer cohort now in late middle age.Findings from Wave 10 (2010) of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey are presented showing productive activities including paid work, volunteering, caregiving, childcare, and domestic work.

The findings reinforce the value of investment in human capital for productivity across the lifespan inclusive of middle and late life. The Government can lead action to enhance and recognise these contributions that benefit the social standing and well being of ageing individuals as well as bring economic and social benefits to the broader community.


Upcoming Events

The Ageing Brain in the Workplace
Charity Lunch

Friday 10 May, ARIA Restaurant Sydney
Featuring CHeBA Co-Directors Henry Brodaty and Perminder Sachdev
Register Now

1st International CEPAR Conference
Analysing Population Ageing: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Innovation
July 2 - 4, UNSW, Sydney
Featuring John Beard, World Health Organisation among a list of eminent keynote speakers
21st Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers
July 9 - 10, UNSW, Sydney

12th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing
25-26 November, Sydney
Call for abstracts now open
More information


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NEW Working paper

Unexpected results in consumer investment choice
In this working paper the authors, including CEPAR's Hazel Bateman and Isabella Dobrescu, set up laboratory experiments to examine  how consumers used 'user‚Äźfriendly' information prescribed by regulators to choose retirement savings investment options. 

The results highlight that information contained in prescribed investment disclosures may not be used in the manner intended by the regulator. 

Featured Research

This Journal of Health Economics paper uses a unique data-set that covers the entire population of Norway to determine whether retirement age, on its own, impacts mortality. Having begun during a 2012 visit to CEPAR by Associate Investigators Erik Hernaes and Simen Markussen from the Frisch Centre in Norway, it eventually involved John Piggott and Ola Vestad from Statistics Norway. 

Staff Profile

Meet Hazel Bateman UNSW alumni, former Treasury economist and now CEPAR Associate Investigator, Associate Professor and Associate Head of School of Risk and Actuarial Studies. 


Out and About

Kaarin Anstey
PATH Through Life Conference
ANU, Canberra, 5 April

George Kudrna
18th Australasian Macroeconomic Workshop
ANU, Canberra, 4- 5 April 

John Piggott
National Institute on Aging
Washington, 16 April 

Michael Sherris
2013 Symposium: Recreating Sustainable Retirement
25-26 April, Wharton School, Pennsylvania

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