The Willingness to Pay, Accept and Retire

Schreiber, Philipp ; Weber, Martin

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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-361178
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2014
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL u. Finanzwirtschaft, insbes. Bankbetriebslehre (Weber 1993-2017)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: Today’s pay-as-you-go social security systems are put under pressure due to increasing life expectancy, the baby boomers generation entering retirement and a decreasing effective retirement age. In most developed countries workers retire remarkably earlier than the full retirement age, even if economic reasons suggest not to. Conducting a large online survey, this paper relates the willingness-to-accept/ willingness-to-pay disparity to the retirement decision and shows that the presentation of the decision problem strongly influences the outcome. The willingness-to-accept late retirement is more than twice as high as the corresponding willingness-to-pay. We also show that this disparity is driven by loss aversion. Using the reduction in German social security benefits for early retirement as a market price also shows that the presentation in a willingness-to-accept frame can induce early retirement. Results are robust when the analysis is repeated with a representative panel survey for Germany (SAVE panel).

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