Pension Plan Decisions
33 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2020
Date Written: September 1, 2009
We examine the contribution and investment decisions made by members of a large UKbased DC pension plan. We find that many employees appear to be relatively financially sophisticated and follow approaches consistent with economic and financial theory in terms of savings rates and investment strategies. However, there are also many less sophisticated employees who stick with plan default arrangements and/or follow simple rules of thumb in saving and investing. The challenge for corporate sponsors of pension plans is in designing arrangements and communication strategies that reduce the chances of these less sophisticated plan members making mistakes – in the sense of systematic deviations from optimal behaviour.
Keywords: Pensions; Defined Contribution; Contribution Rates; Investment Choice; Behavioural Biases
JEL Classification: G11; G23
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