The Annuity Puzzle Remains a Puzzle

33 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2010 Last revised: 27 Jul 2016

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Kim Peijnenburg

Netspar; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); EDHEC Business School - Department of Economics & Finance

Theo Nijman

Tilburg University - Tilburg University School of Economics and Management

Bas J. M. Werker

Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER)

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Date Written: July 26, 2016

Abstract

We examine incomplete annuity menus, background risk, bequest motives, and default risk as possible drivers of divergence from full annuitization. Contrary to what is often suggested in the literature, we find that full annuitization remains optimal if saving is possible after retirement. This holds irrespective of whether real or only nominal annuities are available. Whenever liquidity is desired, individuals save sizeable amounts out of their annuity income to smooth consumption shocks. Similarly, adding equity-linked annuities to the menu does not increase welfare significantly, since individuals can invest in stocks in order to get the desired equity exposure.

Keywords: Asset allocation, retirement, life-cycle portfolio choice, annuity, savings

JEL Classification: D14, D91, G11, G23

Suggested Citation

Peijnenburg, Kim and Nijman, Theo E. and Werker, Bas J.M., The Annuity Puzzle Remains a Puzzle (July 26, 2016). Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1578301 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1578301

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