Experimental Research on Retirement Decision-Making: Evidence from Reproductions

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Kremena Bachmann

ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Andre Lot

NHH - Norwegian School of Economics

Xiaogeng Xu

Hanken School of Economics; Helsinki Graduate School of Economics; FAIR NHH

Thorsten Hens

University of Zurich - Department of Banking and Finance; Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH); Swiss Finance Institute

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Date Written: September 12, 2022

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Bachmann, Kremena and Lot, Andre and Xu, Xiaogeng and Hens, Thorsten, Experimental Research on Retirement Decision-Making: Evidence from Reproductions (September 12, 2022). Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 22-72, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4217816 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4217816

Kremena Bachmann

ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences ( email )

ZHAW School of Management and Law
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Andre Lot

NHH - Norwegian School of Economics ( email )

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Norway

Xiaogeng Xu

Hanken School of Economics ( email )

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Finland

Helsinki Graduate School of Economics ( email )

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Finland

FAIR NHH

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Norway

Thorsten Hens (Contact Author)

University of Zurich - Department of Banking and Finance ( email )

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Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH)

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