Good Practice Principles in Modelling Defined Contribution Pension Plans

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Kevin Dowd

Durham Business School

David P. Blake

City, University of London

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Date Written: September 2013


We establish 16 good practice principles in modelling defined contribution pension plans. These principles cover the following issues: model specification and calibration; modelling quantifiable uncertainty; modelling member choices; modelling member characteristics, such as occupation and gender; modelling plan charges; modelling longevity risk; modelling the post-retirement period; integrating the pre- and post-retirement periods; modelling additional sources of income, such as the state pension and equity release; modelling extraneous factors, such as unemployment risk, activity rates, taxes and entitlements; scenario analysis and stress testing; periodic updating of the model and changing assumptions; and overall fitness for purpose.

JEL Classification: C15, C18, C63, C68, D14, D91

Suggested Citation

Dowd, Kevin and Blake, David P., Good Practice Principles in Modelling Defined Contribution Pension Plans (September 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Kevin Dowd

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