2010

Financial Knowledge and Financial Literacy at the Household Level

Pensions and Social Security together account for half the wealth of those approaching retirement age. Thus one would expect knowledge of pensions and Social Security to play a central role in shaping the financial decisions made by those in their…

How Do Long-Run Financial Planning Expectations and Decisions Respond to Short-Run Fluctuations in Financial Markets?

While media reports predicted substantial changes in labor supply behavior due to the sharp decline in the value of the stock market in October 2008, empirical evidence on the relationship between equity markets and retirement is mixed. We use panel…

The Asset Cost of Poor Health

This paper examines the correlation between poor health and asset accumulation for households in the first nine waves of the Health and Retirement Survey. Rather than enumerating the specific costs of poor health, such as out of pocket medical expenses…

Medicaid Crowd-Out of Long-Term Care Insurance with Endogenous Medicaid Enrollment

With states facing tightening Medicaid budgets, the high cost of financing long-term care for the elderly through Medicaid has prompted proposals to make private long-term care insurance (LTCI) more affordable through tax incentives. The effectiveness of tax incentives for stimulating…

The Treatment of Married Women by the Social Security Retirement Program

It is generally accepted that the Social Security program pays to women a higher average ratio of lifetime benefits to lifetime taxes than it does to men. Social Security‚Äôs progressive benefit structure and payment of benefits as an annuity combine…

Personality, Lifetime Earnings, and Retirement Wealth

The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) presents an unparalleled opportunity to study the association of personality with lifetime economic success. The linkage of HRS survey data with administrative data from the Social Security Administration allows us to look at well-measured…

Accounting for non-annuitization

Why don't people buy annuities? Several explanations have been provided by the previous literature: large fraction of preannuitized wealth in retirees' portfolios; adverse selection; bequest motives; and medical expense uncertainty. This paper uses a quantitative model to assess the importance…
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