Our research hub

The Pensions and Intergenerational Equity (PIE) research hub focuses on the economics of the ageing population and pension design.

Economic resources are limited and the fortunes of the old and the young are intertwined. Distributional policy has developed in silos in New Zealand. The result is large inequities and inconsistencies. The PIE hub builds on the Retirement Policy and Research Centre's work since 2007, proposing policies to improve intergenerational equity and economic sustainability given the realities of an ageing population and a crisis of poverty for many of the young.

New Zealand's ageing population poses many economic challenges. The Pensions and Intergenerational Equity (PIE) research hub examines the policies concerning the provision of retirement income through the public pension (New Zealand Superannuation) and through private saving (KiwiSaver and other vehicles), encompassing both the accumulation and decumulation phases of retirement saving.

PIE is an academically focused research hub specialising in the economic issues of demographic change. The hub's sphere of interest includes:

  • Public provision of retirement income (New Zealand Superannuation)
  • Private provision (including KiwiSaver)
  • The accumulation and decumulation phases of retirement saving
  • Accident compensation
  • Tax and transfer policy

Research associates

Short biographies of our research associates are available from 'Our people' page.


To be regarded, nationally and internationally, as an authority on public policy aspects of pension design and other private provision and to be a reputable source of data on, and independent analysis of, fiscal and social policy in New Zealand.


PIE's main aim is to provide independent research and analysis on private provision, public pensions and fiscal policy: To provide a link between policymakers, researchers and the financial sector, to inform and encourage public debate and to contribute to the development of sustainable and equitable policies for an ageing population.