Social sustainability: towards adequate pensions

Professor Ebbinghaus discusses the imporantce of social sustainability in pension reforms at the conference Public pension systems: changing narratives, changing realities? at CEPS in Brussels on 23 March 2023. The High Level Event in cooperation with the Spanish Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration brings policy makers and experts together. In his intervention he considers implications of pension reforms based on his findings from a comparative analysis of poverty and inequality in old age across Europe. It is important to apply a life-course approach as adapted in the High-Level Group Report on the Future of Social Protection and the Welfare State in the EU published in February 2023. (See slides of presentation)

Public lecture on old age inequalities

Starting his new position as Professor of Social Policy at University of Oxford, Bernhard Ebbinghaus gives a public lecture in the seminar series of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention on:

Hilary Term, Week 1, Thursday 19 January 2017, 5 p.m.

Bernhard Ebbinghaus:
Pension marketization and old age inequalities: from old to new social risks?

Comparative Social Policy and Inequality Seminar Series- Hilary Term 2017

All lectures are from 17:00 – 18:30, including an opportunity for questions and discussion, and will each be held in the Violet Butler Room at Barnett House. Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford.

Op-Ed: Ebbinghaus on pension reforms

Confidence always forms the basis for a successful transition

Despite the fact that confidence in pension funds, government actors, and social partners is under pressure, it remains the foundation for the pension systems in the Netherlands and Germany. ‘Implementing change is only possible once consensus has been reached,’ says German sociologist Bernhard Ebbinghaus. (…)

Read more on this topic inNetspar Magazine No. 20 / 2016

Netspar, the Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement, is a Dutch ‘think tank’ and knowledge network based at University of Tilburg:

Interview (in German) on pension reforms in Germany and Europe

Armes Deutschland? Der Mannheimer Soziologie-Professor Bernhard Ebbinghaus im Interview über die Grenzen unseres Rentensystems, steigende Altersarmut – und Lösungen. Bestzeit Plus, November 2016.