Towards Understanding Life Cycle Saving of Boundedly Rational Agents: A Model with Feasibility Goals
Tilburg University - Netspar and CentER
December 9, 2010
CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2010-138 (revision of 2008-14)
This paper develops a new life cycle model that aims to describe the savings and asset allocation choices of boundedly rational agents. In this model, agents make forward-looking decisions without the requirement of anticipating their actual future decisions. Instead, agents pursue two simple so-called feasibility goals. The first goal entails assuring feasibility of a certain minimum consumption level in a future worst-case scenario. The second concerns feasibility of a certain standard of living in a normal scenario. The feasibility goals framework represents a particularly natural alternative to the standard rational benchmark model. The framework is highly tractable and parsimonious. In particular, it is able to explain important empirical patterns of asset allocation that are puzzling from the point of view of existing models.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 50
Keywords: Behavioral economics, bounded rationality, equity shares, feasibility goals, life cycle saving, stock market participation.
JEL Classification: D81, D91working papers series
Date posted: February 13, 2008 ; Last revised: January 16, 2011
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