[SydPhil] Notification: Daniel Halliday (Melbourne) @ Wed 17 Apr 2019 15:30 - 17:00 (AEST) (Seminars)

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Title: Daniel Halliday (Melbourne)
Title: On the Right to Retire

Abstract: It's highly intuitive that a just society protects its elderly  
members by assisting them to save for old age. A standard view is that the  
state ought to facilitate pension schemes, on which people retire at a  
specific age. These are understood as a species of insurance, and the  
standard view some support from more general considerations about the  
state's legitimate role in promoting (even mandating) cooperative activity  
between participants that serves to protect those who end up most worse off.
My aim here is to first highlight some assumptions behind this standard  
view, both about how insurance is being understood and other background  
views about the relationship between aging and labour market participation.  
This will lead me to defend some negative and positive claims. Negatively,  
I will argue that pension schemes are (typically) not insurance schemes  
after all, as the distribution of payouts does not inversely track a  
relevant distribution of bad luck (largely because people die at different  
ages). This raises questions about the state's legitimate role in  
facilitating types of pooling other than insurance. More positively, I will  
argue that the right to retire should be understood in terms of 'phased' or  
gradual retirement. This would take retirement pooling closer to the  
insurance model, improving the case for state's role in enabling it to take  
place, as well as having some independent theoretical advantages.

NB: Tea starts at 3pm
When: Wed 17 Apr 2019 15:30 – 17:00 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, University of Sydney
Calendar: Seminars
     * Luara Ferracioli- creator

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