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Abstract: Dramatic structural changes in the U.S. pension system, along with the impending wave of retiring baby boomers, have given rise to a broad policy discussion of the adequacy of household retirement wealth. We construct a uniquely comprehensive measure of wealth for households aged 51 and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: I test the credit-market effects of housing wealth shocks by estimating the consumption elasticity of house price shocks among households in different age quintiles. Younger households face faster expected income growth and hence would like to borrow more than older households. I estimate More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: It is well accepted that households increase consumption of goods and services in response to an unexpected increase in wealth. Consensus estimates of this wealth effect are in the range of 3 to 5 cents of additional consumption spending in the long run for each additional dollar of More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: Participants in 401(k) plans are more likely than other workers to list "retirement" as their main reason for saving, to hold individual retirement accounts and to invest in the stock market. There are two possible reasons for these differences: (1) workers who like to save choose to More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: This paper investigates the composition of households' assets and liabilities in the United States. Using aggregate and survey data, we document major trends in household portfolios in the past 15 years. We show that, despite the broad array of financial products available, the portfolio More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: Some retirement plans allow the participant to choose how funds are invested. Having to direct investments may provide the participant with financial education. This paper finds that households covered by pension plans in which the employee chooses investments are significantly more apt More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: Because employer-provided pensions represent an important source of income during retirement, accurate information on pension coverage would seem to be crucial for making sound decisions on retirement timing, saving, and portfolio allocation. However, previous research suggests that More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
While Social Security’s Normal Retirement Age (NRA) is increasing to 67, the Earliest Eligibility Age (EEA) remains at 62. Similar plans to increase the EEA raise concerns that they would create excessive hardship on workers who are worn-out or in bad health. One simple rule to increase the EEA is More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
We consider the evolution of assets after retirement. We ask whether total assets- -including housing equity, personal retirement accounts, and other financial assets--tend to be husbanded for a rainy day and drawn down primarily at the time of precipitating shocks. We give particular attention More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
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