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Thursday, April 4, 2013

UConn Hosts Conference Today on The Challenge of Retirement in a Defined Contribution World

UConnThe University of Connecticut School of Law and the Insurance Law Center are hosting a conference today on The Challenge of Retirement in a Defined Contribution World:

The last forty years have witnessed a shift from defined benefit to defined contribution plans, during which employers have transferred market risk onto workers. This change has created new and difficult issues, including the ability of middle- and lower-income households to bear that risk, the increased volatility of financial markets, the danger of outliving one’s savings, and senior citizens’ ability to continue managing their portfolios when physical or cognitive problems strike. In this symposium, economists, legal scholars, and government officials will come together to discuss how to better understand the defined contribution paradigm and to manage and regulate its risks.

Panel #1:  Perspectives on Challenges in Lifecycle Planning for Retirement

  • Richard L. Kaplan (Illinois)
  • Russell K. Osgood (Washington U.)
  • Moderator:  James Kwak (Connecticut)

Panel #2:  Employer and Employee Perspectives on Pensions:

  • Kevin Lembo (State Comptroller, Connecticut)
  • Dana M. Muir (Michigan)
  • Brishen Rogers (Temple)
  • Edward A. Zelinsky (Cardozo)
  • Moderator:  Michael Fischl (Connecticut)

Luncheon Keynote Address:  Alicia H. Munnell (Boston College)

Panel #3:  Problems With Defined Contribution Plans:

  • Zvi Bodie (Boston University)
  • Lawrence A. Frolik (Pittsburgh)
  • David Laibson (Harvard)
  • Amy Monahan (Minnesota)
  • Moderator:  Patricia A. McCoy (Connecticut)

Panel #4:  Going Forward: Solutions and Challenges:

  • Mercer E. Bullard, (Mississippi)
  • Megan Thibos (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
  • Moderator:  Dalié Jiménez (Connecticut)

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