Experimental Research on Retirement Decision-Making: Evidence from Reproductions
53 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2022
Date Written: September 12, 2022
We adapt the design of five experimental studies on retirement decision-making and conduct reproductions with a larger sample from the broader population. We reproduce most of the main effects of the original studies. In particular, we find that consumption decisions are less efficient when subjects need to borrow from the future than save from the present. When subjects collect retirement benefits as lump-sum instead of annuities, they choose to retire later. The duration of retirement affects the saving behavior of the subjects. Savings are higher when they are incentivized with matching contributions than with tax rebates. When faced with stochastic survival risk, subjects make partial adjustments to spending paths. We also propose a further experimental research agenda in related topics and discuss practical issues on subject recruitment, attrition, and redesign of complex tasks.
Keywords: household finance; retirement decision; savings; annuities; life-cycle optimization; income smoothing; experiments; reproductions
JEL Classification: C91, D15, G51, J26
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