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Over the last several decades, there has been a well-documented trend away from defined benefit plans toward defined contribution plans, in which an employee's retirement income depends on contributions to the plan along with the investment earnings on those contributions. Current workers More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Peer-reviewed Journal
Tags: financial literacy, psychosocial factors, financial competency, retirement security
Date: 3/1/2013
Target date funds are often available through 401(k) plans. Some 401(k) plans use these funds as the default investment for plan participants who have not selected their investments under the plan. Both before and after investing in a target date fund, consider carefully whether the fund is right More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Brochure
Date: 2/22/2013
Women face many challenges in saving for retirement. This website highlights some of those issues and provides tips to get started. The site is presented in English and Spanish. More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Website
Date: 3/28/2012
If you are saving for retirement at work, this website will help you understand your plan and the federal law that governs your plan. It explains what information you should review periodically and where to go for help with questions. This website is presented in English and Spanish. More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Website
Date: 3/28/2012
This website provides information about retirement plans for small businesses. Starting a small business retirement savings plan can be easier than most business people think. What’s more, there are a number of retirement programs that provide tax advantages to both employers and employees. More information...
Audience: Individual
Type of Resource: Website
Date: 3/28/2012
Increased policy and academic attention has been placed on promoting retirement savings early in the life course. This study investigates the extent to which retirement savings behavior among young persons, a population for which retirement savings is important but typically low, differs by marital More information...
Audience: Individual Researcher Teacher
Type of Resource: Peer-reviewed
Tags: Family economics, life course, life events, marriage, retirement
Date: 2/1/2012
The majority of research on the retirement decision has focused on the health and wealth aspects of retirement. Such research concludes that people in better health and those enjoying a higher socioeconomic status tend to work longer than their less healthy and less wealthy counterparts. While More information...
Audience: Individual Researcher Teacher
Type of Resource: Peer-reviewed
Tags: behavioral economics, psychology, retirement, benefit claiming
Date: 11/1/2011
Traditional economic theory posits that people make decisions by maximizing a utility function in which all of the relevant constraints and preferences are included and weighed appropriately. Behavioral economists and decision-making researchers, however, are interested in how people make decisions More information...
Audience: Individual Researcher Teacher
Type of Resource: Peer-reviewed
Tags: Behavioral economics, decision making, retirement savings
Date: 11/1/2010
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
Date: 10/1/2010
This paper uses data from the Health and Retirement Study to explore the mechanism that underlies the robust relation found in the literature between cognitive ability, and in particular numeracy, and wealth, income constant. We have a number of findings. First, the more valuable the pension, the More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 9/1/2010