Pension Wealth Uncertainty

30 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2013

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Luigi Guiso

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)

Tullio Jappelli

University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Center for Studies in Economics and Finance - CSEF

Mario Padula

University "Ca' Foscari" of Venice; CSEF

Date Written: December 2013

Abstract

Using a representative sample of Italian investors, we measure the uncertainty of social security benefits by eliciting for each individual the subjective distribution of the replacement rate as a summary indicator of pension uncertainty. We find that pension uncertainty varies across individuals in a way that is consistent with what one would expect a priori, given different information sets and pension schemes. In particular, individuals who are a long way from retirement, and thus face more career uncertainty, report more subjective pension uncertainty. Since expectations reveal information about people's understanding of pension reforms, our findings suggest that they should also be an important determinant of how people respond to reforms.

Suggested Citation

Guiso, Luigi and Jappelli, Tullio and Padula, Mario, Pension Wealth Uncertainty (December 2013). Journal of Risk and Insurance, Vol. 80, Issue 4, pp. 1057-1085, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2369103 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1539-6975.2012.01491.x

Luigi Guiso

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ( email )

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Tullio Jappelli

University of Naples Federico II - Department of Economics ( email )

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Napoli, 80126
Italy

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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United Kingdom

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European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Belgium

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Center for Studies in Economics and Finance - CSEF

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Italy
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Mario Padula

University "Ca' Foscari" of Venice ( email )

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Italy
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CSEF

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Fisciano, Salerno, 84084
Italy

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