DEEPEN explores the democratic governance of capital-funded occupational pension schemes. We investigate how governments, regulators and labour market actors govern funded pensions and whether participants are satisfied with pension fund performance. The project focuses on six European countries: Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Spain.
Four work packages investigate the following research questions:
- How does national policy define participant influence on funded pension provision?
- How do stakeholders use pension fund governance to influence investment policy?
- How have capital-funded pension schemes performed in terms of pension outcomes across European welfare states?
- To what extent are individual attitudes on pension investment aligned with these inputs and outputs?
The project combines statistical analysis of quantitative data with comparative case studies based on interviews and document analysis to answer these research questions.