Framing Effects in an Employee Savings Scheme: A Non-Parametric Analysis

44 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2013

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Peter Kooreman

Tilburg University - Tilburg University School of Economics and Management; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Bertrand Melenberg

Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER)

Henriette M. Prast

Tiburg University

Nathanael Vellekoop

University of Toronto; Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE; Netspar

Abstract

Studies have found evidence that seemingly irrelevant details of an income component such as its label have an effect on how it is used. Using a data set with more than one million employee-month observations, we investigate the role of functional form assumptions and time aggregation in the analysis of these effects. In most cases we find evidence that marginal propensities to save differ across income components. Our analysis reveals a large degree of heterogeneity in savings behavior within the year.

Keywords: framing effects, labeling effects, employee savings, nonparametric methods, behavioral economics

JEL Classification: D13, D91, G23

Suggested Citation

Kooreman, Peter and Melenberg, Bertrand and Prast, Henriette M. and Vellekoop, Nathanael, Framing Effects in an Employee Savings Scheme: A Non-Parametric Analysis. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7154. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2210794

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Bertrand Melenberg

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Henriette M. Prast

Tiburg University ( email )

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