Academic Forum
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Academic Forum

What is the Academic Forum?

The Academic Forum is a unique event that brings together leading academics, innovative plan sponsors, and practitioners for a series of panels on how to improve outcomes in defined contribution plans. The agenda will include the country’s leading academics and researchers who are deeply involved in critical thinking regarding our retirement system.

Each member organization may register up to four people to attend the Academic Forum. Please check with your DCIIA Board Member representative to ask about availability before registering. Access Board Member representative list here.

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Academic Forum Agenda

Wednesday, October 18 The Conrad Hotel
102 North End Avenue, New York, NY 10282
6:30 pm
- 8:00 pm
Welcome Cocktail Reception
Gallery Northeast
Thursday, October 19 Goldman Sachs Asset Management Conference Center
200 West Street, New York, NY 10282
8:00 am
- 8:45 am
Committee Meetings (optional)
Location - Mezzanine Level
8:00 am
- 9:00 am
Check-in & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am
- 9:15 am
Opening Remarks
Catherine Collinson, Transamerica Institute, DCIIA Retirement Research Board Vice-Chair
Joshua Dietch, T. Rowe Price, DCIIA Retirement Research Board Chair

Conference Host
Paget MacColl, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
9:15 am
- 10:15 am

Tax Policy: The Impacts of Rothification
Front-loading taxes on defined contribution assets, or “rothification,” has re-emerged one tax policy alternative for quick generation of federal revenue. This panel explores what impact tax policies would have on the DC market overall as well as the direct impact on plan participants.


  • Mark Iwry, Brookings
  • Jack VanDerhei, EBRI
  • Stephen Zeldes, Columbia University

Moderator: Rob Austin, Alight Solutions

10:15 am
- 11:15 am

Sustainability: Adoption, Performance and Fiduciary Responsibility
How should sustainability become integrated into investment processes and what is the fiduciary’s responsibility? This session will discuss SASB’s approach to sustainability reporting in financial statements, how material sustainability disclosure affects corporate performance and fiduciary responsibility relative to sustainability and sustainability disclosure.


  • Susan Gary, University of Oregon
  • Jeffrey Hales, Georgia Tech
  • George Serafeim, Harvard Business School

Moderator: Bridget Bearden, UMass Boston

11:15 am
- 11:45 am
Networking Break
11:45 am
- 12:30 pm

A Legal Perspective: Clarifying the Fiduciary Role in an Evolving Workplace
This panel will explore whether the current trust framework that underlies our DC system is the best model for the future. A new employer-based theory will be presented that could shape the way retirement and health insurance products are delivered.


  • Brendan Maher, University of Connecticut
  • Natalya Shnitser, Boston College

Moderator: Lew Minsky, DCIIA

12:30 pm
- 12:45 pm
Boxed Lunch
12:45 pm
- 1:30 pm

Replacing the Replacement Ratios: Introducing an Alternative Measures of Retirement Income Adequacy
This luncheon presentation provides a critical evaluation of employment earnings-based replacement ratios and explores why the retirement industry should consider an approach based on living standards.


  • Bonnie-Jeanne MacDonald, Dalhousie University

Introduction by:

  • Drew Carrington, Franklin Templeton Investments
1:30 pm
– 2:30 pm

Retirement Spending: Theory vs Reality
In many cases we assume that retirees require an income in retirement of a certain level that increases with inflation. But what do studies show about the actual expenditure patterns and asset depletion strategies of retirees? And, when we ask, what do retirees say about their needs and wants in retirement? If theory and reality aren’t aligned what does this mean for the guidance we give to retirees?


  • Carol Bogosian, CAB Consulting
  • Jaime Erickson, UnitedHealth Group Inc.
  • Jim Poterba, MIT

Moderator: Neil Lloyd, Mercer

2:30 pm
– 3:00 pm
Networking Break
3:00 pm
– 4:00 pm

Healthy Aging and its Implications for Retirement Planning
How does retirement affect our cognitive ability and other aspects of aging? This session highlights new research in aging and longevity and discusses how the findings can be incorporated into benefit design as well as individualized participant planning.


  • Dawn Carr, Florida State University
  • Jim Emerman, Encore

Discussant: Michael Finke, The American College

4:00 pm
– 4:45 pm

New Behavioral Finance Research into Financial Wellness and Retirement
With more than half of large plans adopting automatic savings features, researchers question how behavioral theory can be leveraged for other financial concerns, such as debt repayment. Design of automatic features relative to demographics will also be discussed.


  • Nathan Maddix, Harvard University
  • Brigitte Madrian, Harvard University

Moderator: Emily Haisley, BlackRock

4:45 pm
– 5:00 pm
Closing Remarks
Catherine Collinson, Transamerica Institute, DCIIA Retirement Research Board Vice Chair
Joshua Dietch, T. Rowe Price, DCIIA Retirement Research Board Chair
5:00 pm
– 6:00 pm
Closing Reception


Meeting Location

Goldman Sachs Asset Management
200 West Street
New York, NY 10282

Hotel Location

Conveniently located next to the Goldman Sachs Offices
Conrad New York
102 North End Avenue
New York, NY 10282
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