Research projects

Nest Insight was set up to help a new generation of pension savers

We identify and help solve the challenges that defined contribution savers face as they work towards a comfortable retirement. We work in partnership with industry, academics and policy makers to deliver innovative, rigorous research. We’re committed to sharing our insights widely, to help defined contribution savers across the globe.

Our projects

Liquidity and workplace pensions: sidecar savings trial

Around the world, policy makers and researchers are launching a range of initiatives designed to encourage, on the one hand, short-term liquid savings, and on the other, illiquid savings for retirement. These two types of initiative are generally undertaken in isolation, implying a tension between liquid versus illiquid savings.

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Supporting self-employed people to save for retirement

We’re leading a programme of research, supported by the Department for Work and Pensions, to understand the low levels of saving seen among self-employed people and to test a range of approaches to encourage and enable retirement saving in a way that fits with their context and meets their needs.

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The UK pensions policy archive

Information on the UK’s landmark pension reforms is starting to be lost. Some items and documents are no longer physically available, other vital material is hard to find, even to those who know what they’re looking for. We’re working with the Institute for Policy Research at Bath University to create an information hub that brings together existing information, and new material, in one place.

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How the UK Saves

We work with our strategic partner, Vanguard, to produce an annual publication looking at the pension saving experiences of people who’ve been enrolled into Nest.

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Measuring the impact of phased auto enrolment minimum contribution levels

Nest Insight has been working with Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) to understand people’s experience of auto enrolment over time and the impact of the phased increases in minimum contribution levels in particular.

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Engagement in pensions

We’re working with Maastricht University to deliver a wide-ranging research programme into the drivers of engagement in pensions. This project is funded by a grant from the Network for Studies on Pensions, Ageing and Retirement (Netspar).

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