Lessons from Behavioral Finance for Retirement Plan Design

PRC Working Paper No. 2003-6

52 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2003

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Olivia S. Mitchell

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School; University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, Pension Research Council; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Stephen P. Utkus

University of Pennsylvania; Center for Financial Markets and Policy, Georgetown University

Date Written: October 2003

Abstract

This paper evaluates some of the key lessons of behavioral economics and finance research over the last decade for pension plan design. We divide the discussion into the natural phases of the retirement saving life cycle: accumulation, investment, and decumulation. After reviewing the lessons of behavioral finance, we conclude by outlining plan design alternatives that would be of use to plan sponsors and policymakers seeking to design more cost-effective and efficient retirement plans for the future.

Suggested Citation

Mitchell, Olivia S. and Utkus, Stephen P., Lessons from Behavioral Finance for Retirement Plan Design (October 2003). PRC Working Paper No. 2003-6, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=464640 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.464640

Olivia S. Mitchell

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School ( email )

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University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, Pension Research Council ( email )

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Stephen P. Utkus (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

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Center for Financial Markets and Policy, Georgetown University ( email )

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