Debt Close to Retirement and Its Implications for Retirement Well-being
30 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2019 Last revised: 15 May 2020
Date Written: May 6, 2020
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.
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