more videos on universal pensions

HelpAge International has posted four more video clips from the testimony of myself and Michael Littlewood last November to a committee of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. This brings the total number of clips to six.

We are very fortunate that the Hong Kong government installed a superb recording system in its new legislative building. You will see that there are few participants in the meeting room itself, but a large number of spectators were watching and listening from above, behind a large glass window.

Michael Littlewood (co-director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at the University of Auckland, New Zealand) explains New Zealand’s universal pension scheme, and discusses the role of government in retirement income systems.

Michael Littlewood on New Zealand’s universal social pension (8 minutes)

Larry Willmore and Michael Littlewood answer questions on means-testing in testimony at the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. Larry Willmore talks about stigma and means-testing as tax. Michael Littlewood explains why he’s changed his mind on means-testing and now believes universality is the best approach.

Larry Willmore and Michael Littlewood on means-testing social pensions (9 minutes)

Larry Willmore and Michael Littlewood answer questions on means-testing in testimony at the Legislative Council of Hong Kong. Larry Willmore talks about stigma and means-testing as tax. Michael Littlewood explains why he’s changed his mind on means-testing and now believes universality is the best approach.

Larry Willmore and Michael Littlewood on means-testing social pensions (9 minutes)

Michael Littlewood, at the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, talks briefly about the pension system in Chile before sharing an experience from a recent trip to Bolivia.

Michael Littlewood on the impact of Renta Dignidad in La Paz (1.3 minutes)

Drawing particularly on the experience of Mexico City Larry Willmore talks about how universal pensions can be designed and adjusted to be affordable. Michael Littlewood talks of the importance of community consensus as well as political consensus.

Larry Willmore and Michael Littlewood on the international experience of universal pensions (15 minutes)

The previous two video clips can be accessed here:

Larry Willmore, speaking at the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, explains why contributory pensions are not able to alleviate poverty. Larry also discusses the different types of non-contributory pensions.

Larry Willmore on contributory and non-contributory pensions (10 minutes)

Larry Willmore discusses why Chile’s 1981 pension reform, which attempted to expand coverage by tightening the link between contributions and benefits, was unsuccessful.

Chilean pension reform – Larry Willmore at the Legislative Council of Hong Kong (9 minutes)

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