Individuals’ Uncertainty about Future Social Security Benefits and Portfolio Choice

42 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2010

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Susann Rohwedder

RAND Corporation

Adeline Delavande

New University of Lisbon - Faculdade de Economia

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Date Written: August 1, 2010

Abstract

Little is known about the degree to which individuals are uncertain about their future Social Security benefits, how this varies within the U.S. population, and whether this uncertainty influences financial decisions related to retirement planning. To illuminate these issues, we present empirical evidence from the Health and Retirement Study Internet Survey and document systematic variation in respondents’ uncertainty about their future Social Security benefits by individual characteristics. We find that respondents with higher levels of uncertainty about future benefits hold a smaller share of their wealth in stocks.

Keywords: expectations, portfolio choice, subjective probabilities, uncertainty, Health and Retirement Study

JEL Classification: G11, D14, D81, D01

Suggested Citation

Rohwedder, Susann and Delavande, Adeline, Individuals’ Uncertainty about Future Social Security Benefits and Portfolio Choice (August 1, 2010). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 08/2010-047. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1708076 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1708076

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