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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
This environmental scan focuses on financial and/or health literacy initiatives for low-income or underserved consumers. AIR conducted a review of literature from 2005 through 2010 and conducted interviews with program officials from Federal agencies and private organizations to develop key More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Report
Date: 3/27/2012
This paper examines how the menu of investment options made available to workers in defined contribution plans influences portfolio choice. Using unique panel data of 401(k) plans in the U.S., we present three principle findings. First, we show that the share of investment options in a particular 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
The degree to which the Social Security tax distorts labor supply decisions depends on the extent to which individuals recognize that future benefits are based on how much they worked. To measure the perceived linkage between labor supply and Social Security benefits, we administer a survey More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
This paper presents the results of a field experiment in which a random subsample of older workers was given information about key Social Security provisions, while a control group was not. The experiment was designed to examine whether it is possible to affect individual behavior using a More information...
Audience: Researcher
Date: 3/24/2012
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
Although the popular press and politicians often describe 401(k) loans as a problem, classical economic theory has a more benign view. Loans from a 401(k) can relax liquidity constraints and increase household utility. Moreover, loan provisions may have the subtle effect of raising net asset More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Prior research has demonstrated that defaults have a powerful influence on economic outcomes in a wide range of settings because individuals often passively accept default options. This paper examines the degree to which defaults become less powerful as they become more extreme. We study a firm More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012