Wealth Distribution and Retirement Preparation Among Early Savers

53 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2020

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Alice Henriques Volz

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Lindsay Jacobs

University of Wisconsin - Madison - La Follette School of Public Affairs

Elizabeth Llanes

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; University of Wisconsin - Madison

Kevin B. Moore

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Jeffrey P. Thompson

New England Public Policy Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Federal Reserve Board of Governors

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Date Written: June, 2020

Abstract

This paper develops a new combined wealth measure using data from the Survey of Consumer Finances, by augmenting data on net worth with estimates of defined benefit (DB) pension wealth and expected Social Security wealth. We use this combined wealth concept to explore retirement preparation among groups of households in their pre-retirement years (40-49 and 50-59) and also to explore the concentration of wealth. We find evidence of moderate, but rising, shortfalls in retirement preparation. We also show that including DB pension and Social Security wealth results in markedly lower measures of wealth concentration. Trends toward higher concentration over time are also somewhat moderated.

Keywords: Inequality, Pensions, Retirement, Wealth, Social security

JEL Classification: D30, H50, J10

Suggested Citation

Henriques Volz, Alice and Jacobs, Lindsay and Llanes, Elizabeth and Moore, Kevin B. and Thompson, Jeffrey P., Wealth Distribution and Retirement Preparation Among Early Savers (June, 2020). FEDS Working Paper No. 2020-043, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3628679 or http://dx.doi.org/10.17016/FEDS.2020.043

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Lindsay Jacobs

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Elizabeth Llanes

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Kevin B. Moore

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Jeffrey P. Thompson

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