Fund Assortments and 401(K) Plan Participation: The Moderating Effect of Gender

Networks Financial Institute Working Paper No. 2009-WP-06

21 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2009 Last revised: 19 May 2014

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Maureen Morrin

Temple University - Fox School of Business and Management; Temple University - Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management

Susan M. Broniarczyk

University of Texas at Austin - Marketing

Jeffrey Inman

University of Pittsburgh - Katz Graduate School of Business

Date Written: June 1, 2009

Abstract

We report the results of a decision simulation conducted among 349 adults whose task was to invest in a hypothetical 401(k) retirement plan. We varied the number of mutual funds offered for investment and observed the effects on the incidence and extent of participation. The results indicate that larger fund assortments tend to reduce participation among women, but increase it among men. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Keywords: retirement investing, gender, fund assortments

Suggested Citation

Morrin, Maureen and Broniarczyk, Susan M. and Inman, Jeffrey, Fund Assortments and 401(K) Plan Participation: The Moderating Effect of Gender (June 1, 2009). Networks Financial Institute Working Paper No. 2009-WP-06, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1432510 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1432510

Maureen Morrin (Contact Author)

Temple University - Fox School of Business and Management ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

Temple University - Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

Susan M. Broniarczyk

University of Texas at Austin - Marketing ( email )

2110 Speedway Stop B6700
McCombs School of Business
Austin, TX 78712-1275
United States

Jeffrey Inman

University of Pittsburgh - Katz Graduate School of Business ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States

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