Superannuation Knowledge and Plan Behaviour
15 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2013
Date Written: November 1, 2012
This paper presents new evidence from a national survey of non-retired individuals with superannuation accounts between the ages of 25 and 65. Fielded in June of 2012, the survey responses suggest that Australians often are ill informed about many important features of the superannuation system. This lack of retirement system knowledge is consistent with findings in other countries. Specifically, the survey suggests that Australian respondents are most challenged by questions associated with the access age to their superannuation savings, the risky composition of balanced funds (a popular default investment option), and the tax treatment of superannuation contributions and investments. Regression analysis suggests a relationship between superannuation knowledge and savings behaviour. The results provide motivation for further research in the area and suggest more can be done to educate individuals about the superannuation system.
Keywords: Superannuation, Plan Behaviour
JEL Classification: G23, G28, D14
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