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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
Household debt repayment behavior has been understudied, especially empirically, despite the heightened debate on rising household debt, personal bankruptcy filings, and arrears. In this paper, we use data from the European Community Household Panel to analyze the determinants of household debt More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Many policymakers and economists argue that financial literacy is key to financial well‐being. But why do many individuals remain financially illiterate despite the apparent importance of being financially informed? This paper presents results of a field study linking individual decisions to More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
In her book, Reinsuring Health: Why More Middle-Class People Are Uninsured and What Government Can Do, Katherine Swartz, Professor of Health Economics and Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, finds that the lack of health insurance is a growing problem for young adults, moderate income More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
We examine the effects of collateralized borrowing in a realistically parameterized life-cycle portfolio choice problem. We provide basic intuition in a two-period model and then solve a multi-period model computationally. Our analysis provides insights into life-cycle portfolio choice relevant for More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
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: 3/27/2012
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: 3/27/2012
Abstract: We propose a novel approach to estimate household income uncertainty at various future horizons and characterize how the estimated uncertainty evolves over the life cycle. We measure income uncertainty as the variance of linear forecast errors conditional on information available to More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012