Wharton Pension Research Council Working Papers
 

Title

The Promise of Defined Ambition Plans: Lessons for the United States

Document Type

Working Paper

Date of this Version

9-1-2014

Abstract

We explore Dutch proposals for defined ambition plans in an occupational pension context. Firms no longer act as external risk sponsors but continue to provide a distributional platform for pensions, thereby addressing behavioral and agency issues as well as imperfections of insurance and financial markets. Pension entitlements are defined in terms of (deferred) annuities, and participants share the risks of assets and a joint liability pool on the basis of complete contracts. We investigate risk management and valuation of these plans, explore their strengths and weaknesses, and analyze whether such plans hold promise for the United States.

Comments

The published version of this Working Paper may be found in the 2016 publication: Reimagining Pensions.

Keywords

Defined ambition, variable annuity, valuation, risk profile, risk management, liabilities, consumption frame

Working Paper Number

WP2014-15

Copyright/Permission Statement

All opinions, errors, findings, interpretations, and conclusions of this paper represent the views of the authors and not those of the Wharton School or the Pension Research Council. © 2014 Pension Research Council of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. All rights reserved.

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Date Posted: 26 June 2019