Debt Close to Retirement and Its Implications for Retirement Well-being

30 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2019 Last revised: 15 May 2020

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Annamaria Lusardi

George Washington University - Department of Accountancy; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Olivia S. Mitchell

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School; University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, Pension Research Council; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Noemi Oggero

University of Turin

Date Written: May 6, 2020

Abstract

We analyze debt and debt management of Americans nearing retirement age, to document that older people have numerous financial obligations that can lead to financial distress. Using data from the 2015 National Financial Capability Study and drawing on an extensive literature review, we show that lack of financial literacy, lack of information, and behavioral biases help explain the prevalence of debt later in life. Our evidence indicates that debt at older ages can negatively influence retirement well-being.

Suggested Citation

Lusardi, Annamaria and Mitchell, Olivia S. and Oggero, Noemi, Debt Close to Retirement and Its Implications for Retirement Well-being (May 6, 2020). CFS Working Paper, No. 631, 2019, Wharton Pension Research Council Working Paper No. 2019-08, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3476324 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3476324

Annamaria Lusardi

George Washington University - Department of Accountancy ( email )

George Washington University School of Business
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United States

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Olivia S. Mitchell (Contact Author)

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Noemi Oggero

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