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This project examines the impact of employer-provided financial education for newly hired workers on contributions to voluntary retirement savings plans. Using administrative data from five large employers, the researchers assess the impact of information and delivery methods on the choice to More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 12/1/2011
Innumerable studies over the past decade have shown that many people lack the basic knowledge of the Social Security system necessary for making informed decisions about when to retire and claim benefits, a decision which will impact their savings and their overall financial security. Accordingly, More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 11/1/2011
Based on temporal construal theory, the length of time a person has before they reach retirement age will influence how they react to different types of messages. This theory predicts younger workers prefer more abstract communications compared to older workers who should prefer more concrete More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 11/1/2011
The Social Security Statement is sent annually to each individual over age 25. The Statement contains information regarding the Social Security program, the individual's past covered earnings and contributions, and an estimate of the individual's future retirement benefits. Given the complexity of More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 10/1/2011
Low and moderate-income households are less likely to plan for long term financial goals, including retirement. Targeting low and moderate income households with efficient and effective financial education and planning interventions is challenging because intensive financial planning services are More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 10/1/2011
Abstract: The project will develop, implement, and evaluate a pilot program to encourage the use of the Saver's Credit among clients of a large scale VITA site during the 2011 tax season. The pilot program will be developed by a coalition including Center for Economic Progress, Abt Associates, and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Brief Working paper
Date: 10/1/2011
With the shifting of responsibility for retirement planning and risk from employers to employees, the growth of 401(k) plans and the recent financial crisis, researchers, policy makers and practitioners have become increasingly concerned with the financial literacy of the U.S. population. Along More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 10/1/2011
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to better understand the sources of observed gender disparities in Wisconsin Deferred Compensation (WDC) Program account balances. The WDC is a supplemental tax-deferred voluntary retirement savings plan offered to individuals holding jobs covered by More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Brief Working paper
Date: 10/1/2011
Making portfolio allocation decisions can be difficult for American households who lack interest or experience in financial matters. Service providers and 401(k) plan sponsors have introduced new plan design approaches and investment products, such as target-date funds, that can simplify savings More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/1/2011
Two competing explanations for why consumers have trouble with financial decisions are gaining momentum. One is that people are financially illiterate since they lack understanding of simple economic concepts and cannot carry out computations such as computing compound interest, which could cause More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: Behavioral economics, Financial literacy, financial education
Date: 10/1/2010