Research Seminars at the Finnish Centre for Pensions

This autumn we will arrange a seminar on the effects of pension reforms on  the retirement age and employment rates of older workers. The seminar is followed by a SHARE-related meeting (with a coffee break between the events). Both events take place at the Finnish Centre for Pensions (Kirjurinkatu 3, Helsinki). You can also participate via Skype for Business.

If you have questions about these events, send an e-mail to koulutus(at)

Flexible Retirement – Do Pension Reforms Work in the Expected Direction?

5 September 2018 at 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. (local time)

Many countries, including Finland, have implemented pension reforms in the context of demographic aging. The aim of the reforms has been to improve the financial sustainability of pension systems.

Reforms have raised the retirement ages and abolished early routes to retirement. At the same time, they have made pension systems more flexible with the aim to promote later-life employment and to extend working lives.

At our seminar, we will discuss recent research on the effect pension reforms have had on the retirement age and employment rates of older workers.

Following the seminar is a meeting concerning the implementation of Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement (SHARE) in Finland.

Keynote speaker:
Axel Börsch-Supan (Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy): Dangerous Flexibility – Retirement Reforms Reconsidered, Empirical Results from Nine OECD Countries

Mikko Kautto
(Finnish Centre for Pension): Flexibility and Retirement – Experiences from Finland
Tuulia Hakola-Uusitalo (Ministry of Finance): Research on Flexibility – What Type of Lessons for Policy?

Noora Järnefelt (Finnish Centre for Pension)

Coffee break

Upcoming Waves and Financing of SHARE in Finland
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. (local time)

Axel Börsch-Supan is the managing director of SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe). The research project covers 28 European countries, and it aims to tackle challenges of population ageing by providing cross-national micro data.

SHARE has been running in Finland since 2016. Funding for the future waves in Finland in 2019 and 2021 has not been secured yet. Prof. Börsch-Supan will start by presenting briefly the significance of SHARE in Finland, followed by a discussion about the content of SHARE data and the possibilities for national funding.

The meeting is open for everyone interested in the future and financing of SHARE in Finland.

In the spring, we arranged a research seminar in English on the impact of pension communication and retirement behaviour.

Pension Information and Retirement Behaviour

22 March 2018 at 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The seminar presented recent and on-going research from Finland and Norway on people’s pension knowledge. The seminar showed how information campaigns influence knowledge, attitudes and retirement plans. It also outlined how the potential impact of information gains persist over time.

  • Olli Kangas (Kela): Information and Legitimacy: Attitudes on the Finnish 2017 Pension Reform
  • Henning Finseraas: (ISF) The Short and Long run Effects of Information about the Pension System
  • Sanna Tenhunen & Satu Nivalainen (Finnish Centre for Pensions): Retirement Plans and Knowledge of the Incentives in Pension System among 54-62-year-old Finns
  • Commentator: Reija Hyvärinen (Keva)

Presentations at research seminar on 22 March 2018