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Individuals are increasingly in charge of their own financial security after retirement. But how well-equipped are individuals to make saving decisions; do they possess adequate financial literacy, are they informed about the most important components of saving plans, do they even plan for More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
We compare wealth holdings across two cohorts of the Health and Retirement Study: the early Baby Boomers in 2004, and individuals in the same age group in 1992. Levels and patterns of total net worth have changed relatively little over time, though Boomers rely more on housing equity than their More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Article Journal Peer-reviewed
Date: 3/27/2012
Economists are beginning to investigate the causes and consequences of financial illiteracy to better understand why retirement planning is lacking and why so many households arrive close to retirement with little or no wealth. Our review reveals that many households are unfamiliar with even the More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Article
Date: 3/27/2012
An on-line survey of K-12 teachers was conducted to determine teachers’ background and capacity to teach personal finance. Results indicate that while teachers recognize the importance of teaching personal finance, few have had formal preparation for teaching this subject matter; also, the teaching More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
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: 3/27/2012
Most married men claim Social Security benefits at age 62 or 63, well short of both Social Security’s Full Retirement Age and the age that maximizes the household’s expected present value of benefits (EPVB). This results in a loss of less than 4 percent in household EPBV. But essentially the entire More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
This article models respondent behavior in a financial survey with a framework explicitly integrating a respondent’s knowledge of and willingness to reveal his or her financial status. Whether a respondent provides a valid answer, a “don’t know”, or a “refusal” to a financial question depends on More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
This study explores the relationship between general human capital investment, financial knowledge, occupational spillovers, and the accumulation of wealth in a primarily descriptive manner. Drawing upon human capital theory and following previous related work by Delavande, Rohwedder and Willis More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
This paper explores the determinants of people’s decisions to take 401(k) loans. We argue that 401(k) plans do not simply represent retirement saving, but they also provide a means of saving for precautionary purposes. We model factors that rationally would induce people to borrow from their More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
A key issue in designing any individual accounts program is how many and what mix of investment options to provide to participants. While standard economic theory suggests that more choice is always better, this paper provides evidence from 401(k) plans that more choice does not necessarily lead More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/26/2012