Student Debt and Retirement Savings
55 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2019
Date Written: November 26, 2019
Using exogenous changes in the personal bankruptcy treatment of student loans as well as the level of student debt, we find that student debt has a negative effect on household retirement savings. This negative relation is present for younger and older individuals, and is larger for the latter group, indicating lower levels of retirement savings for precisely those who can least afford it. We also find that student debt is related to greater borrowing on retirement plans. Households with more student debt expect to have insufficient retirement income and are less able to plan financially for the long term.
Keywords: student debt, retirement savings, higher education, household finance
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