I'm not really working on any such projects. My area of expertise has been on incomes, not just of seniors but of people in general, and particularly where these incomes come from in the labour market.
You can see why my concern, noted in one of my remarks, is that if wages or earnings in the long run are going down, this does not bode well for the role of CPP and QPP in being able to help support seniors, and it will put more burden on other pillars of support, such as OAS and GIS.
One other thing I would mention along that line—and this was my sixth point that I didn't get to say at the time—is that what's also happening in incomes in general, particularly earnings, is being driven by what's happening in the labour market, and that's a quite rapidly growing income inequality since the 1980s—again, far more so in the United States than in Canada, but it is still the case in Canada.
If earnings are growing further and further apart, particularly at the top end, and things like CPP depend upon earnings, that means you will have a growing fraction of people at the top end who will be at the top end of CPP and QPP. Also, private sector pensions, or private pensions no matter what sector you work in, are more generous for high-income workers. Also, high-income workers have a greater opportunity to save more, so private savings and the wealth that those savings provide will also be going up for a significant portion at the top end of the distribution.
My conclusion is that you shouldn't have to worry about those people. They're going to be doing very well, thank you very much. I think your perspective should be more on worrying about floors—not the people at the top 15% or 20% or so, but the floors and, if you wish, at income-contingent transfers, so that if one person had a substantially higher income than another, for the one with the higher income there would be a tax back right to the transfer, so that the transfer that person would get would be less, possibly none.
I have a good pension from where I worked for 40 years, so I don't get OAS. I think that's perfectly appropriate.