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Automatic enrollment has been widely embraced for raising employee participation in 401(k) plans. However, the empirical evidence is based on data with limitations that, up until now, have prevented researchers from extrapolating the effects of automatic enrollment to the broader population of More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: ​Retirement Savings Plan,
Date: 11/17/2015
We propose a model of narrow framing in insurance and test it using data from a new module we designed and fielded in the Health and Retirement Study. We show that respondents subject to narrow framing are substantially less likely to buy long-term care insurance than average. This effect is much More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Tags: ​Insurance,
Date: 11/17/2015
This report describes several linked empirical studies that examine the activities of public libraries in increasing the financial literacy of their service population. It describes a qualitative field study of librarians’ perceptions of the challenges in offering financial literacy-based More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 7/17/2014
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: 3/27/2012
In 1995, the Social Security Administration started sending out the annual Social Security Statement. It contains information about the worker’s estimated benefits at the ages 62, 65, and 70. I use this unique natural experiment to analyze the retirement and claiming decision-making. First, I find More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
We develop and test a simple model of limited attention in intertemporal choice. The model posits that individuals fully attend to consumption in all periods but fail to attend to some future lumpy expenditure opportunities. This asymmetry generates some predictions that overlap with other models More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Economic studies on households’ financial asset ownership and allocation have discussed the relationship between asset holdings and socioeconomic variables. The current research on asset ownership has been conducted with data from the country of China utilizing a random sample of 2080 Chinese More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/28/2012
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: 3/27/2012
This paper analyzes new data on financial literacy and financial sophistication from the 2008 Health and Retirement Study. We show that financial literacy is lacking among older individuals and for the first time explore additional questions on financial sophistication which proves even scarcer. More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
The Community Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF) commissioned this study to explore the feasibility of passing a financial education mandate in California. Specifically, we sought to understand the key barriers related to passing a mandate in California and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012